ROBINSON, Texas (KWTX) After a mild start to summer, the heat is on in Central Texas and as the temperature rises, so does the likelihood of potentially devastating wildfires.
The summer heat is finally on and as the temperature rises, so does the likelihood of potentially devastating wildfires. (File)
With forecasters calling for multiple days of 100-degree heat, area fire departments are preparing to respond to more calls, in part because of the rain that fell in June, Robinson Volunteer Fire Department Chief Gerald Groppe says.
"The rain was great, but it made everything grow," says Groppe.
"So now everything is really tall. When it dies from the heat, it is going to be a whole lot more grass to burn."
Groppe says this increase in vegetation could lead to more wildfires than usual.
Officials say homeowners should observe burn-bans that are put into place, reduce outdoor activities such as welding, and to keep their lawns cut and shrubbery trimmed.
In rural areas, particularly, what the Texas A&M Forest Service calls “firewise landscaping” can help protect structures from spreading fires.
“A healthy well-maintained landscape is important to the survival of homes during a wildfire,” the Forest Service says.