Special to the News-Standard
The risk for wildfire activity remains elevated through the first week of August as very hot and dry conditions continue.
Over the last week, firefighters in Trinity battled several grass fires, including one on Palm Springs Road that was sparked by a power line that moved into a wooded area. It consumed 1 acre.
Groveton, Friday, Pennington, Apple Springs and Lovelady VFDs on Monday battled a grass fire that ended up scorching 32 acres, also caused by a downed powerline, that threatened two homes and a barn.
According to the Texas Forest Service, 90 percent of Texas wildfires are human caused. To prevent wildfires:
•Always check with local officials for burn bans and other outdoor burning restrictions. Pay attention to local guidelines regarding open fires, campfires and outdoor activities that may pose a fire hazard. For burn ban information, visit https://tfsweb.tamu.edu/TexasBurnBans/.
•Park in designated spaces and avoid driving over and/or parking on dry grass. The heat from a vehicle can easily ignite the grass.
•When using a cooking fire or campfire, never leave it unattended. Always make sure it is completely out by drowning it with water, stirring it and feeling to ensure it is out cold before leaving.
•When pulling a trailer, ensure the chains are properly connected and do not drag on the road as this can create sparks.
Stay wildfire aware. If a wildfire is spotted, immediately contact local authorities. A quick response can help save lives and property.
Trinity County enacted a burn ban last week.