Lamar County Emergency Management wants to remind the community to be extremely mindful with outdoor burning as freeze-cured grasses are present statewide.
According to LCEM and Texas Forest Service, freeze-cured grasses are “the catalyst for the dormant fire season,” requiring less drying and moderate fire weather to produce increased fire activity.
“Be careful with any outdoor activity that can create a spark, especially on dry and windy days,” LCEM shared.
The organizations recommend to avoid parking and idling vehicles on tall dry grass and ensure tow chains are not dragging on the roadway and creating sparks as you travel.
“If you are welding or grinding near dry grass, always have a spotter watching for sparks,” the organization said.
For more information about fire prevention and preparedness activities specific to the winter season, please visit https://tfsweb.tamu.edu/winterwildfireprevention/