An outdoor burning ban advisory has been issued in Smith County for today (March 5) due to high winds. For more information concerning burning advisory regulations, please contact the Smith County Fire Marshal's Office at 903-590-2652. Burn bans are a mandatory, yet temporary, order that restricts the use of wood stoves and fireplaces, grilling as well as outdoor burning of trash or leaves. Offenders could face a stiff fine.

Here are some tips to help prevent wildfires:

If a wildfire sparks, there are things you can do to help prevent it from spreading:

  • Keep Grass Around Your Home Cut Short
  • Keep Dried Leaves Or Cut Grass Around Your Home Picked Up
  • Check Your Home's Gutters For Dried Debris
  • Trim Dead Branches From Trees
  • Keep All Matches, Lighters Or Fireworks Away From Kids

To keep you, your family and your home safe from grassfires:

  • Teach Your Children About Fire Safety
  • Plan Several Escape Routes From Your Home And Property
  • Post Fire Emergency Telephone Numbers
  • Talk With Your Neighbors About Wildfire Safety
  • Be Aware Of Hazardous Weather And Fuel Conditions That Could Cause A Wildfire

Be safe!