East Texas forest service officials upgrade fire danger to "moderate"

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Today the fire danger warning was increased from low to moderate. That means conditions such as weather and dryness are increasing the likelihood of fire spreading.

This Fourth of July there are no firework bans, but precautions should be followed.

"You want to follow the instructions that are provided on the box," said Jan Amen, a Texas A&M forest service prevention specialist. "You don't want to do them up around your house or in any kind of dry grass. And have a charged hose pipe nearby, your garden hose, and a bucket to put the spent fireworks in is really a good idea."

And officials with the U.S. Forest Service are reminding the public that fireworks are prohibited in the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas.

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