WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - A windy day across Texoma created a busy afternoon for firefighters who worked several house fires across the city in almost 100-degree heat.
Firefighters braved the blazes inside and out in their 75 lb. gear. There was one two story structure fire in the middle of the day on the corner of Rosewood Avenue and Flood Street that had them calling in extra units. Assistant Fire Marshal Eddie Mawson explained how they deal with the extra summer heat, "The crews will take a break. Then, we'll call a signal 102 and call extra guys and equipment in to make up for the guys that are taking the breaks."
But wind gust started heading into the city in the early afternoon leading trees near power lines to catch fire and grass-fires to start popping up as well. Mawson said, "We had quite a few guys over there at the fire on Rosewood. Then, we had another fire while we were there on Tulip…then right after that while we were at Tulip that's when all the other calls started coming in."
The whole department started to find themselves stretched thin when it came to the number of available units and firefighters.
Assistant Chief Donald Hughes said, "It just keeps coming when we have winds like this that blow up. We have fires, transformer fires, wires down. It's just going to be one of those days.
If they did need extra hands, the Assistant Chief said that they would call in help from Burkburnett and Sheppard Air Force Base.
Overall, dealing with tough weather conditions does not seem to faze the WFFD. Hughes said, "I mean we're used to it winter, spring, summer, or fall – I mean you get used to it."