Crews with the Levelland Fire Department have been fighting several grass fires this week. With the extreme heat, fire danger is moderate to high on the south plains according to the Texas Forest Service.
Residents on the South Plains are reminded to avoid any outdoor burning during hot and dry weather. The National Fire Prevention Association has these tips to help avoid a grass and brush fire. This includes:
- Reduce the risk of sparks by making sure nothing is dragging from your vehicle, properly inflate tires and be careful when using lawn and garden equipment.
2. Be aware of any laws pertaining to outdoor burning, including making sure any flame is completely out before leaving the area.
3. Avoid burning on windy, dry days, it is too easy for “controlled” fires to get out of hand.
4. Do not use gasoline or other flammable liquid to burn trash and other debris.
With the weather forecast calling for highs in excess of 105 degrees on the South Plains this weekend, it is imperative to follow some tips to avoid heat related illness including….
- Regardless of activity level, stay hydrated, drink plenty of non-alcoholic beverages.
- Stay indoors, if possible in an air conditioned area.
- Remember, fans can help however, in temperatures above 90 degrees they cannot prevent heat related illness.
- NEVER leave anyone or a pet in a closed vehicle.
- Always check frequently on children and the elderly during extreme heat.