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March 16, 2013

Very high risk of fires today

GREENVILLE — The weather outside may be beautiful, but it is also increasing the threat of grass and wild fires.

Hunt County has been placed under a "very high" risk of fire today by the Texas A&M Forest Service, due to the continuing drought conditions and expected gusty winds.

The National Weather Service forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies this afternoon, with a high near 80 and south winds with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Firefighters have had to respond to multiple calls this week of fires which began as controlled burns, then quickly spread out of control.

Hunt County is not under a burn ban. However, 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 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.

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