North Texas fire hazard expected to jump from ‘high’ to ‘very high’


FERRIS, Texas (TBEN) The threat of wildfires in North Texas is now a daily occurrence because of the drought.

While some in the Metroplex got rain, it wasn’t enough to leave a dent in the dry conditions.

There have been fires around North Texas for weeks. For the past week alone, flames have engulfed homes in Balch Springs and grass fires in Fort Worth.

“I’ve been doing this for about 25 years and I’ve never seen anything of this magnitude,” said Ferris fire chief Brian Horton.

In his town, they saw a few fires in the past week. Fortunately, there was only damage to one building.

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“Obviously, given the conditions we’re experiencing now, every time the tones go away, almost anyway, we know it’s some sort of grass event,” Horton added.

The Forest Service predicts the fire hazard in North Texas will rise from high to very high on Sunday.

Tarrant County has issued a disaster statement due to the severe drought, providing the county with more financial aid to fight these fires.

In Dallas, the city told TBEN 11 that if anyone calls 311 during this dry spell to file a complaint about dry weeds that appear to be a fire hazard, they will be given priority.

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In Glenn Heights, a fire spread over approximately 200 acres and flared up again on Saturday, but firefighters were able to contain it.

Horton urges everyone to pay attention to what they are doing. “Should we burn our garbage in a barrel now? I understand we have some tall grass and some weeds and stuff, but it’s not going anywhere, there’s a time and place and right now might not be the best time to to take care of that.”

He said watering around your home helps and recommends using non-mechanical ways to maintain your property, such as using clippers instead of a lawn mower.

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Horton said this helps them and protects your community.

“I cannot explain enough how tired – wherever you are, wherever you can hear me – your firemen are tired, they are exhausted. They are always ready to do what they have to do, but they are tired, Horton said.