National Weather Service issues grass fire danger statement for many east Texas counties

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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) – The National Weather Service issued a grass fire danger statement Sunday morning, according to the Mount Pleasant Fire Department.

The counties affected are Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Upshur and Wood.

The Van Zandt County Fire Marshal shared a similar NWS grass fire danger statement Saturday for several other counties: Collin, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Eastland, Hopkins, Hunt, Jack, Kaufman, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rains, Rockwall, Stephens, Tarrant, Van Zandt and Wise.

This statement noted that the risk near and north of I-20, as well as near and west of US 281, had been raised to a near critical fire threat.

The NWS urges extreme caution during all outdoor activities where there is a risk of grass fires starting. “Avoid burning and welding outdoors. Do not throw lit cigarette butts outside. Promptly report wildfires to the nearest fire department or law enforcement office.

The Texas A&M Forest Service also released a hazard map that reflects these warnings:

Prediction of fire danger(Texas A&M Forest Service)
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