TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The National Weather Service has issued a grass fire danger statement for parts of East Texas including Van Zandt, Hopkins and Rains Counties, according to Van Zandt County Fire Marshal.

This statement comes after a recent spate of fires and dry conditions across East Texas.

“The National Weather Service Has Issued a Grass Fire Danger Statement for

Collin, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Eastland, Hopkins, Hunt, Jack, Kaufman, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rains, Rockwall, Stephens, Tarrant, Van Zandt and Wise Counties.

GRASS FIRE DANGER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
436 AM CDT SAT OCT 22 2022

…ELEVATED TO NEAR CRITICAL FIRE THREAT NEAR AND NORTH OF I-20
AND NEAR AND WEST OF US-281

WARM TEMPERATURES IN THE LOW TO MID 90S, AFTERNOON HUMIDITY OF
25% OR LESS, ABUNDANT CURED FUELS, AND SOUTHERLY WINDS WITH
SUSTAINED SPEEDS OF BETWEEN 15-20 MPH AND GUSTS UP TO AROUND 30
MPH WILL ALLOW FOR RAPID SPREAD AND GROWTH OF ANY FIRE START.

EXTREME CARE IS URGED DURING ALL OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES WHERE THERE
IS A POTENTIAL FOR GRASS FIRES TO GET STARTED. AVOID OUTSIDE
BURNING AND WELDING. DO NOT TOSS LIT CIGARETTE BUTTS OUTSIDE.
REPORT WILDFIRES TO THE NEAREST FIRE DEPARTMENT OR LAW
ENFORCEMENT OFFICE QUICKLY.”

Van Zandt County Fire Marshal