Under Wildfire Advisory Firefighters Responding to House Fires

Published: Jan. 16, 2012 at 3:36 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 16, 2012 at 3:52 AM CST
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The cooler weather isn't enough to keep the fire danger down. The area is under a high wildfire danger. Officials say grass fires are down but they are staying busy with other fires.

It's scenes from months ago that continue to keep firefighter Billy Browning on his feet.

"It was a hot, dry summer and we broke a lot of records," said Wichita Falls Firefighter Billy Browning.

Raging grassfires destroyed thousands of acres of land and several homes during our extreme drought and high fire danger. Now that warning is back again and ready to spark at any time, but it hasn't.

"It's good to have the rains that we have to slow down the fires and more or less make them come to a halt," he said.

Fire officials from several departments say the rain has helped tremendously to keep the ground moist, but now they're battling another problem -- house fires.

"The cold weather has caused house fires to increase as far as the amount that we're going to."

Firefighter browning says heaters have caused sparks and electrical shortages, creating damaging flames.

"People need to make sure that they do check their heater, keep candles away from curtains and pay attention to gas stoves and other things that could cause house fires."

He also says people need to be cautious of using heat lamps, if left unattended and near water or flammables it can start a fire.

The area will remain under the High Wildfire Advisory through Monday.

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6.