As the mercury rises so does the chance for brush fires. The increasing chances for fires in Webb County is nothing new according to the county fire chief. "It's been an issue, yes. Laredo has had a very long drought season, even though we have had some rain recently." Rangel says the county is currently in a moderate drought. "We do come across some incidents where we respond to grass fires along hwy 35, hwy 59." The fires they have responded to have been small. Rangel says they haven't seen as many as they have in previous years. He says the dry conditions mixed with the windy conditions we experience almost on a daily basis is the perfect mix for a fire and asks residents to prevent fire by not throwing out lit cigarettes or anything else that could cause a blaze. "Well, we always ask the public to practice safety at all times and take into consideration the drought conditions." With the upcoming fourth of July holiday, Rangel says the county fire department will be ready for any fires that are caused by people lighting fireworks in the rural areas. "We have always prepared with additional staffing in making sure our units are ready to go."