Tips for preventing brush, grass fires

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Senior Airman Brandon L. Ehlers, a firefighter with the 106th Rescue Wing, sprays down a burned area of woods with water on Aug. 21, 2015, in Westhampton Beach, N.Y. Multiple agencies and fire departments responded to a major brushfire in this area. Firefighters from the 106th visited to check for hotspots, a serious concern given the otherwise dry weather over the last week. The four acre fire destroyed a large swath of land outside FS Gabreski ANG just off Old Riverhead Road, requiring a multi-agency response, including eight brush trucks, seven tankers and fourteen departments working together. (New York Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Recent reoccurring high winds, low humidity, and warmer temperatures have created dry conditions which have increased the likelihood of grass and brush fires. 

Although Wichita County has not issued a temporary ban on open outdoor burning, otherwise known as a burn ban, many surrounding counties have chosen to do so.

Please note that the City of Wichita Falls prohibits all outdoor burning inside the city limits and a county ban will be enacted by the Wichita County Commissioners Court if deemed appropriate. 

To minimize fire dangers, please keep in mind the following precautions:

  • Smoking on Sheppard Air Force Base is only permitted in designated areas. If you choose to smoke in a designated area, please ensure all cigarette butts are entirely extinguished and disposed of in proper cans.
  • Check wichitafallstx.gov or co.wichita.tx.us for the latest information on local burn bans or restrictions before conducting any open burning.
  • Never use gasoline, kerosene or any other flammable liquid to start an open fire.
  • Do not leave a fire unattended.
  • Have fire extinguishing materials on hand, including a water supply, shovels and rakes
  • Be prepared to extinguish your fire if the winds pick up
  • Do NOT delay a call for help! Call the fire department immediately at the first sign of a fire getting out of control.
  • Open burning is never permitted on Sheppard AFB without a permit.

If you have fire safety related questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Sheppard Fire Department at (940) 676-1073.