Severe drought prompts counties in North Texas to declare natural disasters, ban fireworks

CORSICANA, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) The wildfire threat has led to at least four counties issuing disaster declarations banning fireworks, including Johnson, Navarro, Palo Pinto and Parker counties.

The lack of rain has led to severe drought. The Texas A&M Forest Service reports about 75% of the state’s acreage is currently barred from burning.

That’s why Judge HM Davenport of Navarro County is now taking those extra precautions.

“We’ve been flooded with people calling saying let’s ban fireworks because they don’t want to lose their chance,” he said.

Every year, large crowds gather just outside the city limits for fireworks. You can tell how dry the grass is here – that’s why this order is needed.

“The situation is drying up, which puts everyone living in the country in unincorporated areas and some of them even near the city really in fire danger,” said Davenport.

Entering the weekend, fire crews are on standby ready to respond to calls.

You can still buy most fireworks at local stands, but the penalty for setting them off will be $500 to $1,000 depending on the type.

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