Although Summer is coming to an end, high temperatures and dry pastures still pose a threat for grass fires.
As of August 22, 132 counties in Texas are under burn bans; though Lamar County is not one of them yet.
County Emergency Manager Quincy Blount said that although the pastures are drying up and we haven’t seen many grass fires this season the threat is still there and, people still need to take the proper precautions.
“Be careful when you are out welding in a pasture, or bailing hay. It can be the heat of a hot engine or a small spark from a welder that can ignite into a grassfire,” Blount said.
With the moisture still sticking around, the sun has been doing its best to bake grass and dry them into fuels.
Blount said that he is unsure if a fire ban will go into effect; however, people still need to work on the side of caution and be smart when outside.
“We are a huge agricultural community, which means our farmers and producers rely on burning for the upkeep of their properties. We only urge those who are looking to burn to take precautions, be safe, and have a plan in place,” he said.
For a full list of counties under a burn ban, click here