Although Smith County is not currently under a burn ban, the county's Are marshal is urging caution.
Fire Marshal Connie McCoy-Was-son is asking people to refrain from burning until the area sees a substantial amount of rainfall. There is a chance of rain this weekend.
With the low humidity and high winds, the fire danger is extremely high right now, she said.
With the New Year's fireworks season approaching, Mrs. McCoy-Wasson cautioned residents who may use fireworks to be careful. If fireworks cause a fire, the person setting them can be held liable, she said.
On Wednesday, Dec. 13, the National Weather Service in Shreveport, Lpuisiana, issued a fire danger statement of "an enhanced risk for wildfires ...".
—Smith County Communications