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High Wind and Warm Temps Create Fire Danger

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(KCEN) -- With high winds and warm temperatures, you might be worried about fire danger.

A burn ban is in effect in Bell County until Monday night and it could become long-term if Central Texas doesn't get rain soon. 

Skeeter Row burns brush and cut up branches at his home in Moody, but he says it's too dangerous this time of year.

"If anything ever got out of hand where we live, half the houses would go up because we're surrounded by trees," Row said.

There's no burn ban in McLennan County, but just down the road in Bell County, Fire Marshal Steve Casey says fire season is well under way and it could be bad.

"This year we've had more winds, higher winds and that has increased our dryness throughout the county," Casey said.

Burn bans go into effect if wind gusts reach 23 miles per hour and gusts in Bell County reached 25 on Monday, prompting a burn ban until the evening. Casey says there could be a 30-day ban as soon as next week without rain.
    
Moffat Volunteer Fire Department Chief Hal Pagel says most grass fires can be prevented if people avoid burning in this type of weather.

"Wildland fires right now are gonna take off and run," Pagel said. "This wind we got...will throw a fire a half mile out before you have a chance to catch it."

For Skeeter, that's why he's letting brush collect until a cold snap.
"We got a pretty good volunteer fire department, but by the time they get in the truck and get out our way, we're in trouble," he said.

Casey says he'll ask for a longer burn ban on Monday if there is no rain over the weekend.
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