McKINNEY (CBSDFW.COM) – Collin County Judge Keith Self signed a Prohibited Buring Order today restricting outdoor and open burning in unincorporated areas.

County officials cite the lack of rainfall and low humidity which have created a high risk for grass fires.

In a press release, Interim Fire Marshal Jason Browning said Collin County fire departments have fought more than 28 grassfires in the last two weeks.

“The high temperatures and lack of precipitation have created conditions which will readily sustain rapid fire development,” Browning said. “In addition to outdoor burning residents should use extra caution when engaging in activities which could be potential ignition sources such as properly discarding cigarettes or securing chains on trailers to prevent them from striking the ground before driving.”

Residents living within city limits in Collin County are advised to contact their local municipal offices for information on burning restrictions within those boundaries.

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