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KSLA News 12 Editorial: Aug. 29th-Burn Ban

Over the last three weeks, burn bans have been declared in most of East Texas and Northwest Louisiana. The ArkLaTex is suffering through its third year of drought, and while we did get some rainfall over the winter and early spring, things have certainly dried up this summer.

Stormtracker Steve tells me it will take several inches of rainfall to start to improve the dry conditions. Unfortunately, there isn't that kind of rain in the forecast any time soon.

So, here's what you need to know. You are still allowed to do some backyard barbecuing, but make sure you have plenty of water on hand and don't grill on windy days. Burning brush or trash piles is illegal. And, if you toss a cigarette out your car window and it sparks a fire, you could be held responsible for the damages.

We know burn bans can be inconvenient, especially in rural parts of our community. But, the risk of a major fire is just too great until we can get a lot more rain.

Here at KSLA, we support those efforts to protect the lives and property of our neighbors during this hot, dry spell.

I'm James Smith.

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