Wildfire risk extremely high Labor Day weekend

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Buffalo cool their hooves in a pasture on West U.S. 84 in a stock tank that’s slowly drying up due to the ongoing drought. The Texas Forest Service warns the danger of wildfire is extremely high during the Labor Day weekend, and urges Limestone County residents to exercise caution. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mexia News Staff Report

With the Labor Day ahead, many in Limestone County are planning to spend some time outside, soaking up the last of the summer sun.

But Texas A&M Forest Service is urging residents to celebrate carefully as the summer wildfire activity is typically at its highest over the holiday weekend.

The forecast for Mexia for the next few days shows 100 degree temperatures today and Friday, dipping to the high 90s through Labor Day weekend, with no chance of rain predicted.

In addition, Limestone County has been under a burn ban since June 10 due to drought conditions, meaning all outdoor burning is prohibited in the unincorporated areas of the county until the ban is lifted.