Controlled burns are keeping firefighters busy.

Somervell County Fire Department is beginning to see a grass fire a day, according to Chief Mark Crawford.

Thursday afternoon, the department responded to a blaze at a riverbed in the area of Moody Lane, CR 2020. On Friday morning, crews responded to another fire on CR 1001 west of town.

"The CR 1001 fire was about 100 acres of controlled burning that jumped into the tree line," Crawford said, adding the property owner quickly called for assistance when he realized he would not be able to put the fire out on his own. "It wasn't bad when firefighters arrived, it was just starting."

Firefighters were able to snuff out the fire before its spread any farther.

While the burn ban was lifted Oct. 4, Fire Marshal Dwayne Griffin said property owners need to consider all factors when burning.

"Relative humidity is up, but the growth on the ground is still dry," Griffin said. "People need to be careful about what they are doing and keep fires to a minimum. They need to pay close attention to the weather forecast when burning, the slightest wind can cause things to quickly get out of control."

According to the National Weather Service, the weather forecast shows possible wind gusts of up to 30 miles per hour through Monday.

County residents who plan to burn should first inform county officials by calling the sheriff's office at (254) 897-9414, Griffin said.