Two firefighters hurt battling fire in Texas

Two firefighters hurt battling fire in Texas

30 March 2008

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A grassfire sparked by a welder’s flame being used to build a fence consumed more than 30 acres and the fire injured two firefighters. One injured firefighter had a cut head while the sustained a back injury.

The welding crew didn’t have any water or fire protection at the site. Since the burn ban was lifted, spotters, water and other fire retardants aren’t required to be at the site while welding.

Approximately 40 personnel from the Texas Forest Service and local volunteer fire departments used a variety of firefighting methods, such as firebreaks, back burning and water, to extinguish the fire.

The civil air patrol provided aerial assistance which included a bird’s-eye view about fire movement from.

According to a press release issued Wednesday by the TFS, the combination of dry air and moderate winds will continue to promote an increased risk of grass fires. Extreme caution is urged during all outside activities where there is a potential for grass fire to get started.

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