In the 24 hours of July 4th, the Fort Worth Fire Department responded to 203 grass fires in Fort Worth. That is a 1,000% increase from the previous two years. The daily average of runs for the department is about 400 total calls. This 4th of July, the department responded to 1,155 total calls which is a 125% increase from the previous two years.
At one point, between 9:30PM and 10:30PM, the FWFD was dispatched out to 77 grass fires. The calls for help were continuous and non-stop.
"The last time our Alarm Office experienced that many emergency calls for service was during the February 2021 Winter Storm. As we experienced then, the logistics and manpower that went into ensuring we had the resources needed to extinguish these fires across the city, in addition to responding to typical daily calls, was the product of training, experience and the drive to help the residents of this city." said a statement from the FWFD.
Due to the number of fires, the city of Fort Worth decided to stop and cancel their Fourth of July Fireworks Show.