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Counties Among Last To Issue Fire Ban

by Donna McCollum

Nacogdoches and Angelina Counties join over 100 Texas counties in a burn ban. The drought index system used by fire managers indicates that most of East Texas is under a significant fire danger. Fires will readily burn in all directions. Larger fuels may burn for days.

Nacogdoches County Commissioner Charles Simmons explained, "This will be a 30 day period and if the good Lord smiles on us and gives us some rain we have the authority to cancel in that length of time."

The counties have been taking the guidance of the Texas Forest Service. The mandated deadlines before the July 4th holiday were missed, so to avoid confusion about fireworks they opted to wait after the holiday to enact the fire ban.

In East Texas grasses and weeds have browned, and even green vegetation has become visibly stressed. Most every afternoon firefighters are called to a fire. On Tuesday afternoon they fought a fire on FM 343. If you see a fire call 911.

For more information about the fire danger go to http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/default.asp

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