HOUSTON - Officials are warning residents about the increased risk of fires due to dangerously dry conditions across the Houston area.
The warning comes after Spring firefighters battled a 100-acre fire Friday evening in a wooded area near the 24500 block of Birnam Wood Boulevard in north Harris County.
Christopher Fonecca and his family said they are enjoying the last weekend of spring break.
"We're probably going to barbecue, grill hamburgers and have a good time," said Fonecca.
Firefighters are hoping families that plan to barbecue this weekend be extra cautious and aware of the fire danger.
"Don't leave your barbecue unattended," said Deputy Chief Scott Schoonover with Spring Fire Department. "Make sure someone is watching it the entire time just to ensure a spark or ember doesn't light the vegetation on fire it's very dry with wind conditions we're very vulnerable for wildfires."
Multiple agencies responded to Friday night's fire, and bulldozers were brought in to create a fire break around the fire to prevent it from spreading to nearby homes.
No homes were evacuated.
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For neighbors like Fonecca, they're keeping in mind the fire danger as they celebrate this weekend.
Authorities said the fire has been contained. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
If you have any information on how the fire started call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).
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