Hunt County is included under a disaster proclamation issued Thursday by Texas Gov. Rick Perry in response to the significant threat posed by wildfire conditions.

Perry issued the proclamation for 167 counties, including Hunt, Rockwall, Fannin, Hopkins, Kaufman, Lamar and Van Zandt counties. According to the announcement issued from Perry’s office, the governor’s proclamation allows the state to activate all essential resources, and suspends pertinent rules and regulations that could impede the state’s ability to quickly respond to the constantly changing threat. The proclamation also allows the state to request any necessary federal assistance.

“As continued drought conditions have made the threat of wildfires a reality, the state is assisting in battling these fires, and we will continue to provide the necessary resources to protect our communities,” Perry said. “I urge all Texans to use extreme care in outdoor activities, be aware of burn bans in their counties, and take precautions to protect their homes and property while these conditions persist.”

Much of Hunt County was listed under significant drought conditions Thursday, as the temperature reached a high of 102 degrees at Majors Field Municipal Airport, making the eighth day this month and the fifth day in a row the high temperature reached the triple digits in Greenville.

Although local rainfall totals remain several inches below average for the year so far, a ban on outdoor burning was not in place Thursday for Hunt County nor in any of the contiguous counties in North Texas.

Area fire departments have had their hands full in recent days, dealing with numerous grass fires, including a blaze which broke out at around 5 p.m. Thursday along County Road 3303.

Some relief from both the drought and the heat may on the way. A powerful cold front was poised to enter North Texas Thursday evening, bringing with it chances of showers and thunderstorms.

The high temperature Saturday was forecast to reach the upper 80s, with lows dropping into the 60s overnight during the weekend.

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