Memorial Day's Barbecue Tradition Could be Dangerous 5/27/11
CBS 7 Reporter
May 27, 2011
Memorial Day weekend means fun in the sun and maybe even barbequing for some, but with all of West Texas under a burn ban, Permian Basin firefighters are sending out a warning, because even though barbequing is allowed, it might not be worth the risk.
"One spark and the whole city could go up like a keg of dynamite," claims West Odessa Volunteer Fire Chief Jimmy Ellis.
A spark that could easily come from a barbeque pit.
Ellis says, they aren't trying to ruin anyone's good time, they're trying to keep it going.
"It's critical right now, we almost lost houses in Midland the other day, it's by the grace of God we didn't lose any houses."
Under the ban, there is no outdoor burning except for in a barbecue pit...
"Don't put any hot coals anywhere, don't put anything in a dumpster that might still be hot, don't put anything on the ground, it doesn't take but 1 spark for things to get out and hand and get carried away," Ellis recommends.
His advice? Don't BBQ at all...but if you can't resist, make sure you have water handy just in case.
"Until we get some rain, everything out here is like a fuse waiting to be lit."
Chief Ellis says barbequing isn't their only worry, they also want to remind everyone not to drive through tall grass, don't through anything out of your car window and be careful of chains that might drag behind your car on the road.