We’ve had cold weather, warm weather, but no wet weather, for the most part.
Dry conditions could lead to brush fires valley wide. Currently a fire breaks out near Olmito on Military Road.
In just a matter of seconds this field of green grass could turn into ash. They may start small, but high winds help them spread quickly. The cause of these fires range from natural causes, to others not so natural.
Richard Alvarez – Public Education Officer – Harlingen Fire Department, “We have a lot of people that are burning trash illegally.”
Some burn fuel for warmth, others have stored or unlit fireworks.
Richard Alvarez, Harlingen Fire Department, “We just passed New Year’s so a lot of kids do and people do still have fireworks.
We’re at the scene of a brush fire in Brownsville at the north end. It seems to be contained now, they’re working their way backwards. However, this is the most common type of fire because it’s dry almost year round.
Chief Carlos Elizondo Brownville Fire Department, “Not only do we play into factor the dry season, the high winds, but we also have ignition sources. Some of course are inflicted by mother nature.”
This is another field fire in Mercedes. The city of Harlingen estimates around 30 fires of this type since October.
Chief Carlos Elizondo, Brownville Fire Department, “If there is a grass fire or a brush fire that the authorities get called quickly so we can get out there fast and extinguish it before it spreads to an adjacent property or home.”
Recommendations include to trim down your vacant properties or call your local government about an abandoned property that could become a hazard.