Fire danger slowly rising in count TFS issues burn advisory
Houston County Courier
The Texas Forest Service reports that thanks to the abundant winter and spring rains, there have been relatively few wildfires in Houston County and the surrounding areas so far this year. Pastures and grasses in much of the area are still green; however, due to the limited occurrence of only scattered showers over the last several weeks, conditions are beginning to dry out again. Fire danger levels for the surrounding areas are currently moderate. There is some rain forecast for next week that could help keep fire danger levels in the low-moderate range, but there is no guarantee. Local VFDs and the Texas Forest Service have had several wildfires in Houston and Trinity County and the surrounding counties over the past couple of weeks mostly due to hay baler malfunctions or lightning strikes. The TFS reminds citizens, any fire you light to burn debris is your responsibility. Please resist burning anything when there are high winds or when winds are expected to increase in the evening or overnight. Never leave your fire unattended, and always put a control line around your fire. If possible, have a supply of water readily available. The TFS also advises, if you burn and your fire gets away from you, please do not hesitate to call 911 immediately. Get help as soon as possible so your local VFD and/or Texas Forest Service fire fighting crews can stop the fire with as little damage as possible.