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3/4/06-Smith County

Fires Erupt All Over East Texas

The recent warm temperatures have helped start grass fires all over East Texas. The Lindale Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire just North of Lindale around 2:30 p.m. A man was burning boxes and walked away for just a minute when the blaze got out of control. In the end 10 acres were burned, but no structures were damaged. Smith County Fire Marshals say fires are just as likely to happen now as they were two months ago.

"The fire ban was lifted because we had sufficient rain," said Assistant Smith County Fire Marshal, Owen Hale. "The ground has moisture in it. The grass on top is dead and it just takes one day of sun and wind to dry the grass out and it's just as volatile as it was during the fire ban."

Hale says he's been responding to fires all day and wants to remind people, if you do choose to burn, stay with the fire at all times and have water close by.

Molly Reuter reporting, mreuter@kltv.com

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