Fire prevention involves us all

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A barn fire in Krum on Tuesday afternoon reminded us once again of the great debt we owe area firefighters.

Any fire poses plenty of hazards, but as Denton County Fire Marshal Jody Gonzalez told us, fighting fires in the summer can be extremely dangerous for firefighters.

It’s difficult for most of us to understand just how difficult it is to battle a blaze in summer heat like we had on Tuesday, when the temperature was near 100 degrees.

Dealing with the heat on top of everything else involved in fighting a fire can create an overwhelming load for the men and women who put their lives on the line to bring area fires under control and protect our families, homes and property.

Two Denton County firefighters — one from Ponder and one from Krum — were treated and released from the hospital after they suffered heat exhaustion battling Tuesday’s blaze, officials reported. Several other firefighters were treated at the scene.

The fire proved to be especially troublesome because of nearby flammable materials that fueled the flames, and several agencies were called upon to help, officials said. Krum, Slidell, Sanger, Ponder, Flower Mound, Denton and Denton County Emergency Services all worked to extinguish the blaze.

Nearby residents said the flames reached several feet into the air, and they feared the fire would spread. However, soon after the fire was reported, firefighters had the fire contained to the barn, officials said.

Tuesday’s fire also served as a reminder to be especially cautious at this time of year. It doesn’t take long for grass and underbrush to grow dry and brittle in the hot Texas sun, and fire hazards can proliferate quickly.

We all need to stay on guard this summer and keep a close eye out for smoke and other signs of fire so any blaze can be reported quickly, before it can grow and spread.

We’ve been luckier this year than most because recent rains have made the landscapes a little greener than during a typical July, but like we said, the Texas heat can dry things out before you know it.

Remember our firefighters this summer by taking every opportunity to let them know how much you appreciate the job that they do.

And let’s thank them in a special way by joining together to keep this summer’s fire season from getting out of control by working on prevention and fire education.

The Texas summer is plenty hot enough — the last thing we need to add is a fire alarm.


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