Last week the volunteer fire departments all over the county were busy dousing grass fires.
July rainfall is a blessing, but can also create potential for grass fires. The moisture adds to plant growth creating more fuel when temperatures heat up. Lightning without a torrential rain can spark a grass fire.
Early last week, two fires south of Lake Kickapoo were contained with the help of the Texas A&M Forest Service. One was 180 acres and the other was about 15 acres. Archer City Volunteer Fire Department and Holliday Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a fire near Mankins.
Last Thursday Windthorst, Lakeside, Archer City and Scotland VFDs battled two fires on Coleman Road and one on Luig Lane. The fires were all contained with minimal acreage involved, but they were in locations hard to reach for the departments involved. Monday afternoon Archer City VFD was called out to a fire on Half Hill Road east of Archer City.
The welcome rain may create a critical situation in August and additional plant growth will provide fuel. Hot dry weather in August could keep VFDs in Archer County busy. Volunteer firemen are asking the public to be aware of the potential for fire and help prevent fires.