Back in May, we all knew that the record setting Spring rains would be replaced with our typical Summertime heat and dry spells.

Wow!  That was quick!

The recent high heat and lack of rain has led to burn bans being enacted in quite a few East Texas counties.  As of August 6h, outdoor burning is forbidden in counties such as Angelina, Sabine, Houston, Cherokee, Tyler, and with the forecast calling for more of the same, it may not be long before other counties in Deep East Texas join in.

Thankfully, we are not in danger of experiencing the record setting Summer drought of a few years of ago.  The Spring rains made sure of that.  However, on the surface, things are getting brittle and very dry and everyone in the area is being asked to use common sense when it comes to fire safety and prevention.

Looking ahead, forecasters have indicated that a very strong 'El Nino' scenario is setting up for the Fall.  That usually means above average rainfall and below normal temperatures for East Texas.  But, that's the Fall...we still have nearly two more months of Summer.

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