Elevated Fire Danger in The Woodlands

I was just outside and felt about three drops of rain fall before it stopped. The patio isn’t even wet, but at least something damp fell from the sky, and no, there were no birds around. At any rate, we’re still in dangerous territory as far as fires go. Here’s the latest from The Woodlands Alert. I think we already know all of this, but I’m posting it anyway for you. If you smell smoke, call 911!
Community Information – Woodlands Fire Department – Elevated Fire Danger Continues

THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS (April 29, 2011) – Drought conditions across Southeast Texas, including Montgomery County and The Woodlands Township, combined with dry vegetation and high winds, have increased the potential for wildfires that could spread at a rapid pace, placing lives and property in harm’s way.

Montgomery County issued a fire ban on April 11, 2011, which prohibits outdoor burning. The Woodlands Township does not allow open burning at any time without a permit, and the fire department urges all residents to use extreme caution when using any type of open flame.

“Until conditions improve, The Woodlands Fire Department discourages any use of fire pits, charcoal grills or any other sources of ignition that could cause an accidental fire,” said The Woodlands Fire Chief Alan B. Benson.

“The prolonged lack of sufficient rainfall has led to decreased levels of moisture found in fallen limbs, trees and accumulated debris on the forest floor, which can readily ignite.”

Already, The Woodlands Fire Department has responded to a number of grass fires in The Woodlands and surrounding areas.

“Please be very careful and aware of the situation, and if you should smell or suspect fire of any type, please call 9-1-1,” Chief Benson said.

For more information about the fire ban in Montgomery County, please visit:
http://mctx.org/fire/

For more information about the fire ban from the state’s perspective, please visit:
http://ticc.tamu.edu/PredictiveServices/FuelsFireDanger.htm

For more information on The Woodlands Township, please call 281-210-3800 or visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.


About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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