Additional help has arrived in the Crossroads to help battle the fires

Due to recent grass fires in the Crossroads, many people are on high alert with most counties under burn bans.

Yes, I’m here at Patriots Park with the Texas A&M Forest Service as they help battle the blazes in the area.

Heather Gonzales, the Wildland Specialist with Texas A&M Forest Service said, “Now that we are coming into the end of August about 73% percent of Texas is under some amount of elevated drought”.
Due to heightened fire danger in the Crossroads, the Texas A&M Forest Service will set up in Victoria for a faster response in case of a fire.

“So right now we did respond to a couple of fires down in Refugio which we have gotten almost contained down there right now but it’s going to be about a few weeks until those are fully contained,” said Logan Bucknam, Texas A&M Resource Specialist.

The fire in Refugio burned 1,500 acres of grass, sending multiple South Texas agencies to help put out the fire. Now the Texas A&M Forest Service is staying nearby.

“So they decided to keep us down here in Victoria because our response time would be a little quicker, versus the two-hour response time from Smithville. We also have resources staged down in B-Ville as well as different air resources located throughout the state,” said Bucknam.

“I just like to encourage people to really be aware of their activities outdoors that may cause a spark. Something as simple as welding can cause sparks into dry vegetation and that could cause a fire,” said Gonzales.

Due to the drought, Victoria County is still under a burn ban.