A dozen North Texas counties have declared burn bans as foliage and area residents wither during a long, dry summer. And fire hazards become more dangerous with each dry, hot day.
Tarrant County has joined the growing list of North Texas counties to issue an outdoor burning ban.
Texas forestry officials have urged caution during Labor Day outings to avoid starting wildfires like a disastrous blaze two years ago blamed on strong winds.
A number of North Texas counties are currently under burn bans. No outdoor burning is allowed in these counties. Do not throw cigarette butts out the window. Do not burn trash.
Texas drought conditions have improved this year, but the Texas Forest Service said that Fourth of July revelers should still practice caution with fireworks.
The record number of Texas counties with outdoor burn bans has reached 251 as the heat wave and drought continue.
A record 250 Texas counties have outdoor burn bans as the lingering drought is blamed for staggering agricultural losses.