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Officials Warn Of Fire Danger As Montgomery County Is Hit By Drought

It’s hard to forget all the rain we had just a few months ago. But the hot weather since then has led to some very dry conditions, especially in Montgomery County. Officials say they may have to put restrictions in place if there’s no significant rain anytime soon.

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It’s legal for residents in rural Montgomery County to burn small amounts of brush on their property. But fire officials are asking people not to, unless they can watch the fire until it’s completely out.

Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams says most of Montgomery County is now in a moderate drought, and he’s worried that one of those fires could get out of control.  

“All of that grass that we had grow, and all the brush that grew from the rainfall in the spring and early summer, it’s the first to be affected by the lack of rainfall,” says Williams.

Despite the dry conditions, Williams says they haven’t had too much of a problem with wildfires this summer, mainly because of high humidity and low winds. But if the winds pick up, the threat increases dramatically.  

“And if we see we’re going to be in that situation where we have the potential for large fires, or very difficult to control fires, that’s when we’ll be putting the burn ban in place,” says Williams.

On Labor Day 2011, Montgomery County had a massive wildfire in the Magnolia area. That fire consumed more than 2,000 acres and destroyed over 100 homes.

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The Keetch-Byram Drought Index maps are from Texas A&M Forest Service Website

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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