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Greenville Bans Burn Permits Amid Increasing Drought

Jul 5, 2018

The City of Greenville says it will not be issuing burn permits for residents or businesses for a while. The move is the limit of the city’s authority to ban outdoor burning. 

Hunt County has yet to issue a formal ban. Meanwhile permits for open burning and recreational fires will not be issued within city limits until further notice.

New data from the US Drought Monitor shows conditions getting worse in Northeast Texas this week. All counties in the region have moderate to severe drought classification. Parts of Grayson, Lamar and Fannin counties are considered abnormally dry, as it a tiny portion at the northern border in Hunt County. Otherwise the area between Northeast Texas and the Houston region is under at least moderate drought.

There is a chance for some rain in Northeast Texas this weekend. But the National Weather Service isn’t calling for a lot of it, so it not certain rain will do much to alleviate the drought conditions here. Daytime temperatures should remain in the mid 90s under at least partly sunny skies for most of the coming week.