The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

July 10, 2013

High fire danger again today, hot with a chance of storms this afternoon

By BRAD KELLAR
Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — It could be an interesting day, weather-wise, in the area.

First, the Texas A&M Forest Service has again listed Hunt County under a "high" danger of grass and wild fires today, due to the continuing drought and the possibility of gusty wind which may accompany storms popping up during the afternoon.

The National Weather Service forecast is calling for a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m., with mostly cloudy skies otherwise and a high near 99. Heat index values — what it feels like when the humidity is factored in — could rise as high as 105.

There is another slight chance of showers or thunderstorms tonight and a better chance Thursday.

There is no current burn ban in place in Hunt County, although are restrictions to outdoor burning. Only the  burning of household trash is permissible and the wind speed cannot be greater than 23 mph. Natural materials, such as brush and limbs can be burned, but not treated or painted lumber. No prohibited material — including but not limited to rubber, plastics, wire, insulation and furniture — can be burned, and a responsible person must be present during active burning.