Smith County Fire Marshal warns of high fire danger

Published on Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:05 - Written by Smith County Communications

Although Smith County is not currently under a burn ban, Smith County’s fire marshal is urging residents to be cautious.

Smith County Fire Marshal Connie McCoy-Wasson is asking people to refrain from burning until the area sees a substantial amount of rainfall. There is a chance of rain this weekend.

With the low humidity and high winds, the fire danger is extremely high right now, she said.

With the New Year’s fireworks season approaching, Mrs. McCoy-Wasson cautioned residents who may use fireworks to be careful. If fireworks cause a fire, the person setting them can be held liable, she said.

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, the National Weather Service out of Shreveport, La., issued a fire danger statement.

“A very dry air mass and strong southwest winds will result in an enhanced risk for wildfires …” the agency reported. “Extreme care is urged during all outdoor activities where there is a potential for grass fires and for fires to start and spread rapidly. Avoid outdoor burning of trash and do not toss lit cigarette butts outside, especially from a moving vehicle where winds can quickly fan a flame.”