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Some mostly light showers will continue tonight into Saturday morning ahead of a strong upper level disturbance which will bring us widespread heavy thunderstorms late Saturday into early Sunday morning. Drier air will take over Sunday with cooler temperatures next week.
Burn bans issued in Jasper County and Newton County; Tyler County burn ban issued last week
Southeast Texas had gone nearly the entire summer without a burn ban recently.
Last week Tyler County issued a burn ban that remains in effect for three months--unless drought conditions ease.
Monday, the County Judge in Jasper County and commissioners court in Newton County issued burns bans.
The region is not experiencing a severe drought as it did during the summer of 2011.
A wildfire in Jasper County in August of 2011 near the intersection of Highway 63 and Farm Road 255 burned hundreds of acres and threatened dozens of homes and buildings.
The Texas Forest Service and volunteer firefighters brought the flames under control. No one was hurt.
In order to limit the potential for wildfires, Newton County commissioners issued a burn ban that will remain in effect beginning Monday for the next 30 days unless the drought eases before that time.
The Jasper County judge issued a burn ban that will remain in effect not more than the next seven days unless commissioners continue the ban.
What do the bans mean to you: no outdoor burning in unincorporated parts of Newton and Jasper Counties.
If you violate the bans you face a fine of up to $500.