A Sunday afternoon grass fire on Highway 34 South was a three alarm. Cash Volunteer Fire Department and men and equipment from Greenville, Lone Oak, Quinlan and the Texas Forestry Service responded. A house and other farm structures was saved but the fire consumed ten acres of pastureland. Propane tanks near a barn posed a dangerous hazard.
The canteen truck from the American Red Cross responded as well. Dwain Galyean was passing out water and Gatorade to thirsty fire fighters. Hydration and rehabilitation of responding fire fighters is essential during these hot August afternoons. Dwain said that the Red Cross has responded to 13 major fires since July 4th. Dwain has volunteered with the organization since 1998. The Red Cross is headquartered in Greenville and responds to fires in Hunt and Rains counties. They may be called for response in Hopkins, Delta and Lamar counties if needed.
All of the relief supplies on the truck are donated. Items may be taken directly to the Red Cross office or left at area fire stations. As long as the afternoon temperatures remain high the county will be threatened by wildfire. A county wide burn ban may be instituted this week.