Wolfforth FD puts out grass fire during windstorm
A small grass fire in the middle of intense wind and dust storms Dec. 19 had no chance to get bigger.
Charles Addington, Wolfforth mayor and chief of the Wolfforth Volunteer Fire Department, said the fire across from Bennett Elementary School at the intersection of U.S. 62/82 and Donald Preston Drive could have been worse.
But he said the fire department decided to ask volunteers to come to the Wolfforth fire station in case the high winds caused problems.
“We actually staffed” in case of just such a fire, Addington said, adding that volunteers are on alert whenever high winds are blowing.
The fire started just before 3 p.m., when parents were arriving at Bennett to pick up elementary school students.
Burnt grass from the fire stretched from about 30 yards from the Wolfforth United Methodist Church parking lot on Donald Preston Drive, or 82nd Street, all the way to the exit from U.S. 62/82.
But it also only went about 30 yards off the road into a grassy area that stretches along U.S. 62/82, despite winds that could have pushed it farther northeast.
Two brush trucks stayed on the scene hosing the area with water even after it appeared the fire was out, although some spots were still breathing small streams of smoke into the air.
Addington said the department’s two brush trucks are always ready to go with water for off-road firefighting.
“The apparatus stay full and ready all the time,” he said.
Addington said the afternoon fire was the only one Wolfforth firefighters were called to on Wednesday.
“I am very thankful we didn’t have any more,” he said. He said he was also thankful there were no major wrecks due to the storm in Wolfforth.
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