Thursday, February 12, 2009

Rain doesn't dampen fire danger concerns

By Leticia Juarez / 11 News
HOUSTON -- Tuesday's rain wasn't enough to dampen concerns about fire danger in the Houston area.

The lack of rain, low humidly and wind are keeping area firefighters very busy.

"We've seen a lot more grass fires this year than what we've seen in the past years," said Kenny Parker with the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department.

Cy-Fair firefighters have fought 22 grassfires this month, including three over the weekend.

One ignited within a few feet of some apartments.

"You can see the edges the leaves are so dry right now on all these shrubs," Parker said. "It doesn't take much, it doesn't take much heat, much fire to set it off."

This Pearland grass fire came dangerously close to a subdivsion on February 2.
Harris County's Commissioners Court Tuesday passed a 90-day burn ban for unincorporated areas of the county.

"It's precautionary and the idea is with the fire watches that we have, the red flag warnings, just the danger -- it's time to do this," said Harris County Fire Marshal Mike Montgomery.

Harris County joins 187 other Texas counties that have issued burn bans. The entire state is bone dry

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