Friday, November 22, 2019

Firefighters Continue to Battle Wildfires

Raging wildfires burning in southern and eastern Texas, fueled by high winds, have caused a smoky haze to appear at times over North Texas.  As firefighters battle multiple wildfires across the state, firefighters from the City of Southlake have been busy responding to several smoke investigation calls due to the smell of smoke or the visible haze that’s been seen over the area.

The bluish-green tint in the sky could linger as smoke-filled winds from the devastating wildfires continues to blow across the state.   Anyone with respiratory illness or sensitivity to air quality levels may want to limit outdoor activities until the fires are under control.

Two firefighters from Southlake’s Department of Public Safety are on the front lines helping to battle the blazes and provide relief to others who have been working around the clock. Lt. Scott Estes and Lorin Bros left last weekend with the Northeast Tarrant County strike team headed to Bastrop County.   The 11 member team is made up of firefighters from five agencies including Southlake, Grapevine, Trophy Club, Hurst and Richland Hills.

More than twelve hundred firefighters are battling multiple Texas wildfires.  The strike team is prepared to go where they are needed until the fires are contained.

This is one of the most severe dry spells the state has ever seen.  “The potential for grass fires is even greater with the lack of rain and dry conditions which makes it even more important that we remind residents to take extra precautions when it comes to fire safety,” said Fire Chief Mike Starr.