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March 15, 2013

Another high fire danger day today

GREENVILLE — The Texas Forest Service has again placed Hunt County under a high threat of grass and wild fires today, due to the dry and windy conditions.

The fire danger is only expected to increase tomorrow.

The National Weather Service forecast is calling for a high near 78 this afternoon and winds out of the south southwest with gusts as high as 30 mph.

It is expected to be mostly sunny Saturday with a high near 80 and south winds gusting as high as 35 mph.

Even though Hunt County is not under a burn ban, there are still restrictions to outdoor burning. The burning of household trash is only permissible during daylight hours and the wind speed cannot be greater then 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.

One man was arrested and placed in the Hunt County Jail Wednesday, charged with the burning of prohibited items.

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