SAN ANTONIO – Extreme drought and the red flag warning in Bexar County have led to favorable fire conditions. This is the type of situation that puts firefighters on edge because of how quickly a fire can start and spread.
“These red flag warnings lift the hair on our necks because we know that in these situations, if a fire starts, it will be difficult to catch it,” said Lawrence Padalecki Jr., assistant chief of fire for ESD No. 12.
Realizing how fires could spiral out of control if not responded to quickly, Bexar County District Chiefs began working together to form strike teams.
In essence, these teams have increased manpower and deployed brush truck strike teams in the eastern and western parts of the county.
If a fire does break out, the nearest agency will react and return from the strike team. This allows two things to happen.
First, there is a quick response and a large number of crews who appear together to be able to attack the flames from all sides early and often. Second, it also keeps the neighboring agencies of the original fire free in case another fire starts.
“In principle, the strike team will go and help this department wherever it is, instead of depleting the whole area of resources,” Padalecki said.
Fortunately, the day was slow from 4.30pm on Thursday, but Padalecki said that could change at any moment. For this reason, he still has a request to the residents.
“Don’t drag chains if you pull a trailer, don’t throw away cigarette butts, don’t burn in a garbage can or a burning brush today. It’s just not worth the risk today, “Padalecki said.
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Extreme drought conditions, red flag warning ignites Bexar County fire brigade to have strike teams
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