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Published April 19, 2010, 07:10 PM

Rural Volunteer Firefighters Wait For Rain

The very dry spring could mean some long hours for those that fight grass fires. Rural volunteer firefighters do that job. They are hoping rain, and a very cautious puplic will keep their work to a minium.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

It is the dry CRP or unfarmed grass land that is the fuel for most the grass fires that keep firefighters like Steven Schumer busy.

Steven Schumer / Volunteer Firefighter : "The weather forecast doesn't sound like rain this week. Sounds dry all this week. "

If this year is anything like last year, Rural volunteer fire fighters will have their hands full putting out these blazes. Schumer says so far this spring the Manvel fire department has been lucky with just one fire.

Schumer :" Accidental fire that was started was able to get it out. The wind was down so it could have taken off. A lot of CRP that could of spread. Luckily we were able to get a it out there. And get it down. "

Schumer farms near Manvel, and like most firefighters after they put away the hoses, they have to go back to their paying job. That's why he is asking people to be careful with things like cigarette butts or bon fires.

Schumer : "Right now there is a burning ban, We ask that no one even burn garbage in the garbage barrels, If there is a spark it could take off and go."

It's the wind the decides the direction and speed of the grass fires. Schumer is hoping to deal with less of both as he waits for rain.