Created: 06/19/2014 5:23 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Brian Fox and members of AFD's Wildland firefighting group hit the Bosque today. It was tranquil on the ride-along, but Fox has had some scary moments on patrol.
"The crews were out on patrol and we had multiple reports, multiple calls and our crews were actually in the area and they were able to contain the fire in the clear ditch and prevent it from getting into the Bosque," Fox said when mentioning a fire that burned about 4 years ago.
This year only a couple of small fires have burned in the Bosque, which his crews took out immediately.
Normally, only one crew manned by 4 firefighters, drive and walk through areas like the Foothills, the Westside, and in the Bosque to make sure that everything is okay.
They'll add an extra patrol come June 21st due to the big holiday around the corner.
"It's close to the 4th of July. That's when temperatures are a lot higher and the winds increase and fireworks sales start, so it's just that extra thing of precaution," Fox said.
When crews go out, they also educate the public so that they can enjoy the trails no matter the danger.
AFD has also ramped up efforts to keep residents safe by teaming up with home improvement stores and RV dealerships.
They'll help spread the message about safely using roadside and residential equipment which can cause wildfires.