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Burn ban temporarily lifted after recent rain

The county-wide burn ban was lifted Friday after some areas of Denton County saw up to 3 inches of rainfall this week with more in the forecast, according to authorities. 

Jody Gonzalez, director of Denton County Emergency Services, said the rainfall was enough to temporarily lift the burn ban until authorities re-evaluate the situation in January.  

The burn ban went into effect Dec. 5 after high winds and low humidity increased the risk in wildfires.  As of now, fireworks will be permitted throughout the county, but Gonzalez said there are still possibilities for wildfires. 

"Those wanting to use fireworks this New Year's should continue to use an abundance of caution with their surroundings, as grasses and vegetation are dead or dormant and can still spark wildfires," Gonzalez said. 

The ban restricted all outdoor burning of combustible material, such as wood, lumber, leaves and brush. It also restricted outdoor cooking, welding, cutting-torch operations and other outdoor activity involving open flames.