Twenty twelve is bringing good numbers for the City of Laredo Fire Department. That's because less grass fires have been reported in the first couple of months compared to last years records. According to the Laredo Fire Department in January and February of last year they were seeing at least two to three grass fires a day. This year they tell us on average one fire is reported every other day. Fire Captain Eloy Vega says every time they attend a grass fire, they fear for the safety of Laredo families.
"Many homes exist in areas where it's adjacent to pasture. If there's ever a grass fire we always take into considerations the threat that is presented to the homes and to the lives that live there."
This year's decrease in grass fires comes thanks to several factors. The main one being the precautions now being taken by the community.
"Prevention efforts are being successful. The public is cooperating in terms of helping us reduce those numbers of grass fires. In addition the weather has played its role as well."
They hope to keep those numbers low for the rest of the year. As we approach more cookout appropriate weather during the Spring and Summer seasons it is important to follow safety procedures.
"To never work with open flames near dry bushy areas, and also to never throw cigarettes out into the brushy area specially if you're driving along the highway." Carolina Garcia, Pro8news.