Grass fire

Firefighters work the scene of a small grass fire Thursday afternoon along Del Ray Drive in Harker Heights. High winds and dry conditions in the area are a concern to local fire departments.

Weather conditions are raising concerns with some local fire departments.

On Thursday, Harker Heights Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Gallenstein said the department is being extra vigilant.

“Right now, it’s very hazardous due to high winds and dry conditions,” Gallenstein said. “We’re making sure we are prepared.”

Gallenstein spoke at the scene of a small grass fire his department responded to Thursday afternoon near Fuller Lane and Walden Creek Crossing in Harker Heights.

While the fire was small, Gallenstein said the department was quick to respond to the scene because of conditions.

As of Thursday afternoon, Bell County was not under a burn ban. Gallenstein said he expected that to change in the near future. “I think we will see a burn ban very soon.”

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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