Strong winds throughout the county last week pushed grass fires fast, and one led to a large area catching fire in McCarley.
On Wednesday, March 12, volunteer firemen with the Carrollton-North Carrollton Fire Department responded to a grass fire that spread to a dwelling near McCarley on U.S. 82.
According to Phil Costilow, C-NCVFD fire chief, the call came to the department about a grass fire, but winds moved the fire fast and eventually ignited flames at an old junk yard.
"We already had a crew out to fight the grass fire, but we had to call out another department once it spread to the junk yard," Costilow said.
The junk yard, where old cars were stored, and an unoccupied mobile home were lost in the flames, but according to Costilow, it was a pile of old tires that was the hottest.
"We used a lot of foam, but we got everything under control," Costilow said. "It was pretty hot."
On Friday, the Vaiden Volunteer Fire Department responded to a grass fire along U.S. 51. Before extinguishing those flames, the fire burned about a mile of grass and other vegetation.
Costilow said he fears this is something that could only get worse.
"We want to warn people that have started to burn leaves, to be very careful," Costilow said. "You take that fire and add wind, and it can get out of hand very fast."
When burning leaves and vegetation, Costilow said the fire should be done in small sections.
"If the fire does get out of hand, don't hesitate and call the fire department immediately," Costilow said.