Volunteer Fire Dept. Aid

    Several fires along area highways over the past few days are believed to be caused by vehicles or trailers causing sparks, and from  from tire blow outs.
    Wichita County Emergency Management Officials and volunteer fire departments are urging highway drivers to be extremely cautious while on the roads.
    Fire officials say that they have to follow the same regulations as the residents which can limit things like training new fire fighters.
    That's why they're asking people to be very careful.

    Officials with the Cameron Gardens Volunteer Fire Dept. Say drivers should be careful and cautious when driving on highways.
    Because any act of carelessness can start a blaze.

If your towing a trailer or pulling chains try not to that because that cause a spark. With our low humidity in the afternoon one its starts its going, says Derek Thayer, Cameron Gardens Volunteer Fire Dept. Asst. Chief.

    They say what drivers need to remember is if you get a blowout to pull of to the side of the road immediately because trying to drive any farther could turn a bad situation into one that's more severe.

This stuff is really highly ignitable right now so it doesn't take much to get a fire, Thayer said.

    Fire fighters say being mindful of the ways to prevent highway fires is just another way residents can help.
    And that's in addition to what area non-profits are already providing for them.

We're here today getting water from the food bank, drinking water for us that's a pretty good source for us we're thankful for that, Thayer says.

    But while they are getting stocked up on drinking water the water they use to fight fires is quickly running out.

We're under the same restrictions as anybody else so we cant pressure any hoses or dump any water on the ground that's not putting out a fire, Thayer adds.

    VFD officials say with tall grass and dry roots surrounding the roadways any help is a big help.

    Fire crews say other ways residents can help cut down on fires is by keeping  grass cut short and moving all flammable objects away from homes.

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