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Labor Day Brush Fire Danger 'Elevated'

 
Labor Day Brush Fire Danger 'Elevated'
Posted September 1st, 2014 @ 6:10am

  The Texas A&M Forest Service says conditions outside this Labor Day are every bit as dry as Labor Day three years ago, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.

  It was on Labor Day in 2011 that an electrical short sparked a massive brush fire in Bastrop County that burned for 37 days, destroying 1660 homes.

  Forest Service Department Head Tom Spencer says due to the ongoing drought, conditions are 'elevated' for the possibility of wildfires n North Central, South Central, and South Texas.

  He says Abilene, Wichita Falls, Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Brownsville are all in danger.

  Bexar County just last week instituted an outdoor 'burn ban' for the entire county.  That doesn't affect your back yard barbecue, but the Forest Service recommends that you keep water handy just in case a gust of wind blows one of those sparks out of the grill.

  Also remember that catalytic converters can easily set tall grass on fire, so watch out when traveling off road.

 

PHOTO: WOAI

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