What is in this article?:
- Prescribed burn helps reduce wildfire threat to communities
- Community support
- Prescribed burn reduces wildfire threat.
- Appropriate procedures must be followed.
- Agency support is critical.
Community support was unwavering. South Plains Electric Cooperative and Caprock Telephone Cooperative granted leave to employees serving as Spur volunteer fire fighters. Traffic control and smoke safety was executed by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Spur Police Department and the Dickens County Sheriff’s office.
Ideal weather conditions made it possible for the prescribed burn. Temperatures were in the mid 60s, relative humidity was 70 percent, and a steady northeast wind blew at 10 mph.
“The crew gathered on site at 7 a.m. with four wildland fire fighting trucks, one tanker, one fire command vehicle and one county motor grader. NRCS crews were present with an ignition UTV, weather monitoring equipment, and one control burn sprayer,” Morris said.
“A fire safe buffer like this one on the west side of Spur is not a cure-all for protection. Conditions have remained so severe that nothing we create will provide absolute protection from fires of nature,” said EM Coordinator Wess Abbott.
However, Abbott explained that the fire break will provide a trench for fire fighters to dig into and make a defensive stand should a severe wildfire approach Spur.
“This action is simply mitigation against wildfire threats. The only cure from a total threat is rain,” he said.
The fire safe buffer was completed by mid-morning. Spur residents can now breathe a little easier knowing a fire guard is there to help in the event a wildfire threatens their community.