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Firefighters Use Little Water to Battle Grassfire's

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It's all about being prepared. Firefighters were geared up and ready to fight what they thought was going to be a long night of large grassfire's. They said, the residents played a big role by being more responsible.

All night the Newschannel Six crew listened to the scanners, while numerous calls came over the airways, sending firefighters out on the call of duty, as grassfire's popped up throughout Texoma. The Wichita Falls Fire Department, Battalion Chief Lynn Holzer said, they used very little water.

"We were fortunate last night to have great weather and little bit higher humidity. We probably used less than five-hundred gallons of water," said Holzer.

Five-hundred gallons of water sounds like a lot, but when it's put into perspective that number seems almost impossible. Just a few fish tanks worth of water is all they used.

"A fire engine has five-hundred gallons of water on it and we'll use a tank to put a regular structure fire out. So we'll use five-hundred gallons pretty quickly at a structure fire," said Holzer.

He said, the fire department was prepared for what could have been a horrific night. Additional team members were called in, trucks were loaded up, even the Fire Marshall's were out patrolling for people illegally setting off fireworks.

"This year we hired extra men, we manned all of our brush trucks and we had people standing by. We had some units that were out just patrolling looking for fireworks and that sort of thing," said Holzer.

Luckily, most of the fires were out by the time firefighters arrived. Chief Holzer credits the residents for being aware of the serious need to save water.

"I think there's an awareness throughout the community that we're hurting for water. And I'm sure, that's on the mind of most of the citizens," said Holzer.

As lake levels continue to plunge the fight against fires becomes a fight to use as little water as possible. Wastewater treatment plant officials said, there were no high pulls on the system and no high demands of water used at any time Thursday.

Chief Holzer said the department is doing everything they can to conserve water, including monitoring their water usage on a daily basis.

Jenyne Donaldson, Newschannel Six.

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