The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

September 27, 2013

Hunt County listed under "high" fire danger today

Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — The Texas A&M Forest Service has listed Hunt County under a "high" danger of grass fires today, due to the continued drought conditions and chance of gusting winds this afternoon.

Hunt, Collin, Fannin, Lamar and Rockwall counties remained under bans on outdoor burning as of this morning.

Hunt County been under a on outdoor burning since August 12. Under the ban no outdoor burning is permitted in the unincorporated areas of the county, including the burning of household garbage. The order does not restrict the outdoor use of welding, cutting torches and other similar tools, provided a separate individual is present to observe for fires and sparks and to have some type of fire extinguisher present. The order does not prohibit outdoor cooking but it does restrict the cooking activities to an enclosed apparatus, designed for cooking purposes.

There is a good chance for heavy rains in the area between Saturday evening and Monday morning.