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March 14, 2013

High fire danger today for county, area

GREENVILLE — It is expected to be sunny and warm today, but also windy, which means controlled burns can get out of control pretty easily.

The Texas Forest Service has listed Hunt County and the surrounding area under a "high" danger of grass and wild fires today, due to the continuing drought conditions and today's National Weather Service forecast, which is calling for a high near 74, with south southwest winds gusting as high as 25 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.

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