A house fire in van Zandt county is putting fire fighters to work.
"It was an intense fire based on the high winds we've been experiencing, it took multiple departments from around the department to bring this fire under control and to maintain the pasture fire from the blowing embers," said Van Zandt Fire Marshal Chuck Allen.
"It is a challenge and a lot of these fires are caused by unattended burning, people not paying attention," Allen said.
The cause of this fire is still under investigation, but the high winds pushed the flames from the house to the grass. The increase in grass fires are putting a strain on the already limited Van Zandt County fire resources.
Fire officials say just like during the summer time you really need to pay attention to your control burns even when it's cold outside. They say that dry ground and dry winds can really help fuel those flames.
"These gusty winds we're getting out of the north and south is only contributing to the growth of the spread of these wildfire, causing multiple agencies to respond," said Allen.
During the colder months and even when there is no burn ban, people should practice caution when burning...
If you must burn, try to do it early in the morning. And if you burn later in the day, do it when the wind isn't strong. Also, remember to keep water and a cell phone handy to call in case it gets out of control.