Living in South Texas people do not see much rain in especially in the summer months and every year fire departments battle grass fires due to the extremely dry grass.

San Diego Fire Department recently battled a grass fire on the Highway 44 between San Diego and Freer. The department was able to contain the fire quickly and no one was hurt.

Fire officials every where would like to remind everyone of tips that can help reduce the number of grass fires this season.

Here are some tips to help prevent fires:

Never throw a lit cigarette outside your car. Remove all leaves, rubbish and flammable objects from around your home, garage or shed. Purchase a hose long enough to reach your property boundaries. Keep roofs, gutters and eaves free of leaves and other debris. Use extreme care when refueling your gas-powered lawn and garden equipment. Always store gasoline, propane, oily rags and other flammable materials in approved safety cans. When camping make sure to extinguish the camp fire with water and cover with dirt. Do not leave the area until you are sure the fire is out. Keep water nearby or carry a portable fire extinguisher. As the Fourth of July weekend remember that fireworks are dangerous. They can start fires and are not allowed inside city limits. With little to no rainfall remember a grass fire can spread quickly.

In case a fire does erupt call 9-1-1 immediately.