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Grass fires in Central Texas still monitored

CENTRAL TX - Firefighters across Central Texas are keeping an eye on grass fires that keep popping up. 

Texas Forest Service says the fire in Coryell County has been contained to 50% as of Sunday evening. 

The amount of burned acres remains the same, about 5,000 acres.

All roads are open and voluntary evacuations have been lifted. 

Lacy Lakeview and Temple firefighters also battled fires since Friday.

Clay Bales with the Texas Forest Service credits their planes for helping with grass fires.

He says, "What the aircraft helps us to do is to slow down fire, ultimately the fire was put out by equipment, engines and people on the ground." 

Bales continues, "Now we are really able to focus on strengthening those lines and working to try to prevent it from escaping." 

This grassfire has threatened 100 homes. 

Deputy Chief Gary Young with Copperas Cove Fire Department says, "Homeowners, everybody needs to understand they need to be prepared to try to keep it something like this from happening in their area, anywhere."

It's a battle against hot temperatures low humidity and wind. 

Young says, "At this point and time it is very easy for a fire to start up." 

Another grass fire in Temple that burned 300 acres on Friday sent four firefighters to hospital.
Five outbuldings and one vehicle was damaged. 
Lacy Lakeview firefighters also battled fire burning 20 acres and threatening six homes. 

So how can homeowners help?

Young says, "Clean out your gutters, mow your grass low around your home, make sure you have some sort of defensible space around your home and also have a plan, be prepared."

If a grassfire damaged your property and you need help with recovery you can visit Texas conservation.org.

The firefighters in Coryell County are overwhelmed with donations but the Lacy Lakeview firefighters are asking for water and Gatorate donations. 

They say you can drop them off at their station. 
 


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