Dry conditions could cause more fires

Sue Fleming, The Freer Press

A large dumpster located near a local motel in Freer caught fire Sunday afternoon and it took volunteer firefighters only a few minutes to thoroughly extinguish it, official reports show.

Fire chief James Finney said the cause of the fire is unknown.

"Could have been a combination of elements that caused it. People need to be careful what they throw away in the trash," he said.

Finney further said he predicts during the next 30 to 60 days more fires will occur because of dryer weather conditions.

"We'll be getting reports for sure," he said. "There's a number of common sense ways to prevent them."

He stressed people should keep brush cut around their property and to make sure their neighbor's is cut as well.

"Fire can spread from theirs to yours fast, especially if it's dry brush and there's a wind," he said.

He also stated sometimes people store gasoline near a gas water heater that can cause an explosion if fumes should leak.

"Now that's a big no-no," he said.

With the arrival of hunters and campers in the area, extra caution is needed when using burn barrels at the site.

"They really need to keep an eye on them-fire can get out of hand easily," he said, "all in all, just use common sense. That's all it takes."