Gusty Winds & Low Humidity Keep Firefighters on High Alert

Firefighters across Texoma were on high alert Sunday.  The fierce winds and low humidity raised concerns as the perfect recipe for a dangerous day for fires.

Newschannel 6 spoke with Lake Arrowhead Fire Chief Mike Hall about how they handle dangerous days like today.

We're barely in February and already the weather is acting up.

"Everything is drying out," said Chief Hall.

Gusty winds and low humidity are a deadly combination, one that has the department on high alert.

"When you get winds like this you can't fight 'em conventionally, you have to be defensive and hope that the weather breaks so you can get a hold of it," he said.

Eight firefighters are just a call away and equipment used to battle grass fires sit ready to go.  Though, fortunately the equipment was not used on Sunday but come Monday or Tuesday there's no question a simple mistake can be costly.

"It can turn real bad, real fast."

With the severe weather we're seeing this early in the season Chief Hall predicts dangerous fires to move through our area, most can be prevented.

"Any unnecessary flames out doors, if you don't have too, please don't."

Currently Montague and Jefferson counties are under a burn.  Clay and Young counties have lifted their bans and Archer County has a ban with the exception of only allowing agriculture burns.