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June 25, 2013

Gusting winds lead to moderate fire danger today

GREENVILLE — Gusting winds, combined with continued drought conditions have resulted in the Texas A&M Forest Service listing Hunt County under a "moderate" danger of grass and wild fires today.

The National Weather Service forecast is calling for partly sunny skies with a high near 94 this afternoon and south southwest winds around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

It is expected to be mostly clear tonight, with a low around 75 and south wind gusts as high as 25 mph.

The county is not currently under a burn ban, although there are still certain 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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