WICHITA COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL) — Fire departments round Texoma proceed battling grass fires at a fee they aren’t fairly used to, and lots of have discovered that these burn bans are not any joke.
Several Texoma counties have been beneath burn bans for a number of months now, however grass fires are nonetheless frequent.
“It just doesn’t take much to get to be really big, and then it’s a lot of effort to put it out,” Lake Arrowhead Fire Chief Mike Hall stated. “We’ve had a lot of fires just lately in the middle of this burn ban and just pop up right away.”
From Wichita West to Lake Arrowhead and Byers Volunteer Fire Departments, the current chilly spell isn’t serving to as a lot as they’d like.
“A little bit of snow, a little bit of ice doesn’t put us out of that danger zone, so we need significant rainfall and the green-up to start happening before we get out of that danger zone,” Byers Volunteer Firefighter Steven Miles stated.
Until then, Captain Chris Bashford and Wichita West are staying loads busy.
“I believe we’re already around 70 calls this year, and when I first started, we averaged about 100 for the year, so we’re way ahead of what we used to be,” Bashford stated.
Going on a number of months now since burn bans had been activated in varied Texoma counties, Miles hopes the neighborhood can pitch in in the event that they spot smoke.
“We’d much rather go out to a pre-approved control burn and be canceled then, you know, somebody burning a brush pile,” Miles stated. “I’m not going to worry about it then, unless it of course it gets to something large scale.”
Because you might even see some exceptions, there are steps you’ll be able to take when you completely must burn one thing.
“Just because someone else is burning doesn’t mean you can burn,” Bashford stated. “Call your local VFD dispatch, if you are living in the county, and tell them, ‘Hey, I’ve got this, do I qualify for a burn?’”
In the tip, these volunteer hearth departments depend on the neighborhood for assist in lots of elements and are simply trying to preserve folks protected.
“That’s all you’ve got out here in rural areas, are volunteers,” Miles stated.
“I don’t want to be the bad guy and say you can’t do that – I enjoy a campfire as much as the next person – unfortunately the rules are the rules,” Hall stated.
The guidelines should be adopted, whatever the situations.