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Drought and Wildfires

North central Texas is a target for droughts ususally caused by water temperature fluctuations in the Pacific Ocean that are called El Nino and La Nina. La Nina will bring warmer than normal winters and lower than normal rainfall.

Watering restrictions may be put in place if La Nina presists for serveral months and lake and reservoir water levels fall. If water restrictions are put in place, please follow your cities posted dates for watering your lawns. Conserve water by using drip-irrigation on shrubs and flower beds. Limit length of showers, turn off water when brushing your teeth, and wash only full loads of clothes.

High temperatures, dry vegetation due to a lack of rainfall, low humidity and gusty winds are the perfect combination for wildfires. Wildfires are usually found in rural areas but they also exist within city limits. Wildfires can kill people, livestock and wildlife; destroy homes, personal property, crops and natural vegetation, and send smoke and particulates into the air that we breathe.

In 2011, Texas wildfires swept over 6 million acres, causing millions of dollars in damage.

Wildfires can be ignited by: lightning, arson, sparking electrical wires, careless burning and disposal of cigarettes and hot vehicle emission control devices.