Dry Conditions Keep Fire Departments Busy

The dry conditions have kept East Texas fire departments extra busy. One department says it's fought more fires in the last month, than the previous three combined.   This afternoon the Mineola Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire that threatened a home.  Last night, the fire department spent five hours fighting a grass fire that burned more than 40 acres.  With no rain in the near future, firefighters are asking for people to be careful when burning.

"With heat indexes near 100 it's very hard on us as people to be out here, and when we fight fires, grass fires for several hours every afternoon, it takes its toll over the long run," said Mineola Volunteer Fire Department Public Information Officer Steve Finley.

There are no burn bans in place right now, but firefighters say they expect to see some within the month.

Molly Reuter reporting, mreuter@kltv.com