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Despite cool temps fire concerns remain high in East Texas

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ZAVALLA, TX (KTRE) -

The tipple digit summer heat may be gone but the fire danger still exists.

The Zavalla Volunteer Fire Department has been busy during November. The department has been called out to several large fires that were all caused by accidents. Assistant Fire Chief Chris Wade is nit surprised the fires are happening.

"It does not surprise me with the conditions, with the humidity and the wind blowing everyday," Wade said. "If someone burns their trash and go inside for just a minute and come back out, it is out of control."

Wade said the cool temperatures may be deceiving to many who think it has to be hot to have a fire danger. Wade said this year is different compared to other fall seasons he has worked with the department.

"It is cold and in a normal atmosphere we have a lot of rain," Wade said. "This is not normal."

Nine East Texas Counties are under burn bans with several more considering adding their names to the list. Trinity County Commissioners had a special called meeting on Monday to address the issue but decided not to put in a ban.

"We are going to wait for now," Trinity County Judge Doug Page said. "We will have ot on the agenda for next week so If our commissioners change their mind then we can do it then. Right now we are looking into it but we have been lucky so far."

Back in Angelina County, Wade said fires like the one his department fought last week on FM 1270 that took out multiple structures can show just how fast fires can get out of hand.

"The wind picks up and either blows an ember to another dry area or just blows the fire to where it gets out of control," Wade said. "We have had a lot of fires but we have not had that many that is actually going to make a showing to people that something is really going on here."

With the holidays coming up, Wade said it is best if you cook outside to stay with the fire until it is out and to consider cutting back on outdoor burning.

"We just hope that either we can get a burn ban or get some rain," Wade said.

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