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Corpus Christi Fire Department prepared for fires fueled by dry air, high wind

Posted at 10:05 PM, Dec 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-12 23:42:57-05

With high, sustained winds in Thursday’s forecast along with low humidity, there’s a greater risk of grass fires in the Coastal Bend.

“It seems like year after year when we have days like tomorrow in South Texas we have big fires,” Corpus Christi Fire Marshal Randy Paige said. “So, we’re hoping that tomorrow we can avert that.”

That’s why Paige urges you not to drive over tall, dry grass and not to flick lit cigarette butts out of your car window. He also asks that you put off any burning or activities that cause sparks for a calmer day with higher humidity.

“You just get that little spark and it hits the ground down there and it takes off so fast,” Paige said.

High wind in the forecast is generating other concerns. Corpus Christi resident Cipriano Pena is worried about the potential for tree limbs to fall.

“I’m concerned that they might fall and ruin my house and hit my car,” he said before adding people to the list of things branches could fall on.

Cipriano, who has a trimmer, prunes his trees every month, has some advice for people who have big trees in their yard.

“Evaluate your trees,” he said. “See which way they’re leaning, especially the ones over homes.”

Some other things to think about with high winds in the Thursday forecast include securing outdoor Christmas decorations to the ground and moving trash cans close to your home or possibly putting them in your garage so they don’t blow away.