Dry, windy conditions spark fire concerns

The Wills Point Fire Department found itself back to a familiar mantra this week, once again

advising county residents to exercise caution if they are planning on burning brush or working with mechanical equipment outdoors.

The renewed call for vigilance was sounded by the department earlier this week after an increase in service calls for fires, including a brush fire between County Road 3917 and Highway 80 Nov. 27 that was triggered by a mixture of a controlled burn and unfavorable weather conditions.

Brush trucks and engines from Wills Point, Edgewood, Elmo and College Mound answered the call, extinguishing the fire before any people were injured or homes destroyed.

With little to no rainfall expected in the foreseeable future, fire officials have stressed that those working outside, especially those using equipment or machinery, be hyper vigilant about their work space and surroundings.

Burning within the city limits of any city in Van Zandt County is expressly prohibited by city ordinances. While permits are not required to burn in VZC (outside the local city limits), a few guidelines should always be followed when burning brush or garbage to limit potentially hazardous situations.

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