Fire Danger Remains High
Thousands of acres burned over the weekend in Clay County. More fires burned in Throckmorton County as well. Area volunteer departmets are taxed to their limits and the long term forecasts don’t hold much promise for relief. Storms across parts of Texas and Oklahoma over the last few days have given some areas much-needed rain, but officials warn it’s not enough to offset the extreme drought conditions we’ve suffered over the past couple of months. Wichita Falls has suffered through 19 straight days of 100 plus degree weather. Forecasters say the trend will likely be broken on Tuesday, with highs only reaching the upper 90′s. Rain chances will all but disappear from the for forecast after Tuesday, at least for the remainder of the week. Although some Texoma counties have enacted total burn bans, some areas do plan to go ahead with fireworks on the Fourth of July. Officials warn that with the dry conditions, any fireworks will pose a serious danger, especially in rural areas. Wichita Falls officials have posted signs near the city limits warning people that the possesion or discharge of fireworks is prohibited within the city limits of Wichita Falls.