Starting this Friday high winds are anticipated in the Howard County area. According to the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, the lack of recent rainfall combined with several freezes has caused vegetation in the area to begin dying off and drying. This creates dangerous fuel for wildfires. Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Mitchell Hooper asks that everyone be very cautious with outdoor activities, especially with the forecast winds for Friday and Saturday that could get up to as high as 40 mph.
NO OUTDOOR BURNING is allowed at this time. Also, be advised that if you've recently been burning off piles of brush on your property please make sure those are out entirely. Any smoldering areas will cause a grass fire hazard in the expected gusty winds.
Chief Hooper advised that if you need his department to bring water to any smoldering areas remaining on your property, contact him and they will make arrangements for you today and Thursday afternoon. You can reach Chief Hooper at 432-270-7160.