Red Flag Warning: Officials Warn Folks of Fire Dangers

Published 01/30 2014 09:22PM

Updated 01/31 2014 12:18AM

The National Weather Service issues a Fire Danger for Lubbock and surrounding areas Thursday.

The danger is called a Red Flag Warning, when humidity is low, winds are high, and the weather is extremely dry.

A grass fire started Thursday afternoon East of Idalou on Highway 62 in the median.

"The winds out of the southwest did cause it to spread further than normal," says Idalou Fire Captain, Adam Berry.

Officials say they aren't sure of what started the fire, but these kind of fires are especially dangerous on a red flag day.

"With the winds, it did take a little bit longer to get it totally put out and controlled," said Berry.

Luckily, Berry says they were able to get it cleared out in a short amount of time, but this isn't always the case.

Fire officials have to prepare for the worst.

"In Lubbock County, there is an automatic procedure put in place at the Lubbock Sheriff's Dispatch Center that is there is a grass fire on red flag days," says Berry. "They go ahead and dispatch two departments automatically. On a red flag day we will try to make sure all of our trucks are full of water you know ready to go in case we do get that call."

Captain Berry says this is typical this time of year.

"All of our fields, all of the grasses, are dried out from the freeze. And especially from the lack of rain we have with the drought right, we are getting into good fire season with the winds that start to pick up this time of year."

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