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VFD sees a spike in fires

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As of late we have seen a spike in fires throughout Victoria County.

The weather conditions have played a huge role in the cause of some of the fires.

With the lack of rain, much of the grass that grows tall is dead and easily could catch fire.

Fire Chief Tanner Drake says that you need to keep growth cut low, and also have some defense for your home to prevent grass fires from spreading.

In addition to grass fires, VFD has seen a rise in structural fires.

Drake adds some of the causes for structural fire are using space heaters all night,
or using your oven to heat your home.

"Its never safe to use your oven to try to warm your house. Always be smart and don't leave unattended food cooking, we have had a couple of those where we had a fire on the stove. where someone forgot or fell asleep, explains Drake.

Drake says to remember to turn off space heaters when going to bed.
And if you're doing a controlled burn outside, make sure you have a top over your trash can so the fire wont get out of hand,
Drake offers some safety advice:
-Keep anything that can catch fire at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.
-Don't use an oven to heat your home.
-Don't leave your kitchen if you are frying, grilling, or broiling.
-Turn space heaters off when leaving your room or going to bed.
-Make sure you develop a family escape plan with two ways out and a meeting place outside.
-Make sure to have a working smoke alarm.
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