Forth of July is just around the corner, and once again fire works stands are popping up in unincorporated areas. This year fireworks could become very dangerous.
"The lack of recent rainfall accompanied by these recent high temperatures has lead to significant drying of the woods and grasslands," said Montgomery County Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams.
The drought is burning our lawns and killing our vegetation. 39 News Chief Meteorologist Keith Monahan says the dry conditions are getting worse.
"Montgomery County and Harris county as well as parts of Waller and Liberty counties are just in a mild drought. The new numbers came out today. Places just to the south and west of Houston that didn't see the heavy rain back in April are either in a moderate or extreme drought. They may be taking a closer look at July 4th fireworks and when and if to use them."
Monahan says the heavy spring rains in Harris and Montgomery counties means we're not likely to see water rationing because lake an pond water levels remain high. That means you can water your dried out lawn, but wildfires remain a threat.
"Earlier in the spring and particularly in April we had significant rainfall in Montgomery County. We had higher temperatures and with that we had an increase in the ground cover. We had a lot of growth in our grasses and weeds and the fields and woods are not several feet tall," Williams said.
When the fire danger goes away, it'll probably happen very quickly.
"Droughts traditionally in southeast Texas tend to end with a cluster of thunderstorms moving in from central texas or some kind of tropical disturbance," said Monahan.
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