Fire danger is low, but don't forget winter fire safety

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – A weekend of rain has washed away much of the fire danger across East Texas.

Several counties are now dropping burn bans, now that the ground is saturated.

Even though the immediate threat is gone, the Texas Forest Service is still asking the public to follow some important advice for fire safety in the winter months.

"The fire dangers are low in East Texas because we've has so much rain but with a few sunny windy days the fuels will dry out really quickly," said Jan Amen, prevention officer for the Texas Forest Service.

Other advice -- be careful when burning leaves, and never leave a controlled burn unattended.

Also, rake any leaves 30 feet away from your home.

While you're outside, trim trees high off the ground and make sure your roof is clear of debris.

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