Gregg County is under a burn, effective immediately.
The sheriff's office posted about the ban Monday. During the ban, county residents are asked not to do any outdoor burning.
According to the city of Longview, this action was taken due to the lack of rainfall that has placed the community in drought-like conditions. Citizens are being asked to use any open flame cooking appliances such as BBQ grills and propane cookers with extreme caution. It is highly recommended that when cooking outdoors that citizens have a water hose or some other type of fire extinguishing capability available.
A fine for unauthorized burning can be up to, but not exceed, two thousand dollars per citation issued.
Other counties under burn bans include Cass, Marion, Kaufman counties.
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