GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- A burn ban is now in effect for Grayson County and several others in the region. Mystic Matthews reports near Highway 75 in Denison where firefighters responded to a grass fire that briefly shut down traffic on the highway.
Firefighters arrived at the scene just south of Morton Street in Denison and put the fire out within about 15 minutes. Denison firefighters had to shut down the highway for at least 15 minutes because of smoke over the road. Firefighters say they do not know the cause, but however it started authorities say it just shows how easy a fire can start and spread.
This fire comes just hours after Grayson County commissioners decided to enact a ban on outdoor burning for the next 30 days.
Fannin County has also enacted a burn ban.
In Lamar County, Judge Chuck Superville was expected to declare a disaster Monday afternoon.
Back in Grayson County, fire chief's association president Allen Vols says even though there have not been any major disasters, a ban is a good idea to stop it before it starts.
"With the increasing winds we normally have in the winter and drying humidity, it increases likelihood of large fires, and that's what we're trying to prevent is large fires," Vols said.
Although the burn ban in Grayson County is scheduled to last 30 days, commissioners are expected to re-visit the issue week-by-week, at least until the weather cooperates.