Revelers reminded to remain vigilant when popping fireworks

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — There’s always so many different types of fireworks to choose from to help light up the new year.

“I know I want to do some of the morning glories,” says Kylie Dugan, who stopped at Big-Tex fireworks stand near Manchaca in Travis County.

Whether it’s the New Year or Fourth of July, lighting fireworks in Texas is usually accompanied by dry conditions, breeding grounds for a wildfire. However this year, we’ve seen a lot of rain. Even though we’ve seen a wetter season, we’re seeing more growth which is more fuel for fire, and fire officials say the windy conditions poses another problem.

“If we get one or two days like the wind that we’ve had, those light fuels will dry out and they can become very susceptible to starting on fire,” says Palmer Buck, division chief with the Austin Fire Department.

“The wind definitely makes me nervous, I would never try to shoot anything off this windy, it’s a lot dangerous,” says Kylie.

Colder temperatures is another concern.

“If we get a freeze, the grasses that might die, those are more easily igniteable,” says Buck.

As Kylie searches for the perfect mixture of fun, she knows she has to be cautious. “You could cause damage to not only yourself, but your neighbors, your friends, so you just have to be careful with the weather because it’s very unpredictable.”

Just like fireworks. Firefighters say a small, accidental fire, can spread quickly. They say embers usually spread to nearby homes, causing them to catch fire.

Fireworks are sold from now until Jan. 1, 2016.

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