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Burn ban lift provokes burning across Smith County

SMITH COUNTY, TEXAS (KLTV) - The burn ban in Smith County was lifted just last week, and already we're seeing trash and brush piles being burned.

"We're just driving the old MF around and dragging all these brush piles that way nothing gets lose you know it's been raining, but it's still dry and we don't want to start any wildfires," says Colton Phillips, burning brush piles.

On top of plowing lines around the fire to keep it from spreading, Josh McNabb, with Chapel Hill Fire Department, says there are other things you can do to prevent wildfires.

"Before you start your fire you should always wet everything around your fire even wet your burn pile  down it's still going to burn just not as quick and it won't get as hot," says McNabb.

"People are allowed to start burning as long as they abide by the outdoor rules and regulations in the state of Texas. There are certain things that you cannot burn at any time like tires, asphalt shingles and treated lumber," says Jim Seaton, Smith County Fire Marshal.

Fire Marshal Seaton also says if you plan to burn outside, make sure you're 300 feet away from any occupied structures.

It's always good to check the winds for the day because your burn will turn into an illegal burn if winds are higher than 23 mph. Which Seaton says can land someone in jail for violating the outdoor rules and regulations in Texas.

Seaton also says you are not supposed to burn an hour before sunrise, and the fires must be put out an hour before sunset.

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