POSTED: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 9:23am
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:01pm
Smith County officials say avoid burning outdoors if possible.
Lack of rain is helping spark grass fires around East Texas.
Smoke traveled for miles from this fire off Highway 110 north near loop 323 Tuesday afternoon.
Firefighters say they couldn't tell how far flames reached - because there was a pond blocking the way.
A plow truck was used to keep flames from reaching nearby homes.
Smith County Fire Marshall Jim Seaton tell us; in this weather they could see a fire like this every day....at any time.
Seaton says; "It doesn't take long for a small innocent fire to become a wildfire and threaten people's homes and lives."
Seaton says he wants people to avoid burning anything outside, until the grass gets a little greener.