Grass fires burn on Independence Day
AMARILLO, Texas (KVII) —
Firefighters know the Fourth of July holiday is a particularly busy time for them because people enjoy lighting fireworks. Randall County Fire Marshal Troy Ducheneaux told ABC 7 his crews prepare for the big day by getting a head count of the number of volunteers they have available and a roster of people who can help fight grass fires if they happen. During the Fourth of July, the busiest time for the Randall County fire department is between 9:30 and midnight.
"Well it usually that starts at about the 9:30 hour because that’s when about the times that the sun starts to set and our fireworks activity starts to pick up and it will go until right around midnight time," Ducheneaux said.
On the Fourth of July, the Randall County Fire Department ran on a total of 19 grass fires. Ducheneaux said although they were small fires, comparatively, the department only sees one or two a week normally.
"We really didn't have a large amount of acres burned, we had just more response than anything. I think the largest grass fire, roughly was 8 acres or so," Ducheneaux said.
However, the calls they did receive sent them all over.
"We actually covered quite a bit of the county last night, ranging from south of Canyon, all the way to just to the city limits of Amarillo. We were running from basically from place to place in a majority of portions of the county," Ducheneaux said.
Despite the high volume of calls, Ducheneaux said the fire marshal's office did not give out any tickets or seize any fireworks.
"Everybody behaved fairly well and by about 12:30, everything had calmed down and most of our crews here were able to go back home," Ducheneaux said.
Fire was not the only danger Wednesday. The Randall County Fire Department said they ran a large number of medical calls during the parade and before the fireworks because people weren't prepared for the heat.