• These are the two signs Joe Bob Cauble posted on his fireworks stand at the intersection of U.S. 180 West and FM 2231 North, after Stephens County Sheriff Will Holt ordered the stand closed at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, due to a disaster declaration banning fireworks made that day by Stephens County Judge Gary Fuller.

Fireworks ban issued for Stephens County

All fireworks stands in Stephens County had to be closed by 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, by order of the Stephens County County Judge Gary Fuller. 

Fuller issued a disaster declaration earlier that day banning use or sale of fireworks with almost no exceptions, after wildfires and drought conditions wreaked havoc during the last two weeks. Palo Pinto and Parker counties also canceled all fireworks displays and closed all fireworks stands.

One fire, that lasted almost a week, burned more than 2,500 acres in south Stephens/north Eastland counties. Additionally, starting mid-afternoon Tuesday, July 3, a huge fire erupted in Palo Pinto County, south of Possum Kingdom Lake. It had burned at least 4,400 acres by mid-afternoon, July 5. As well, the 209 fire in Young County, encompassed more than 1,000 acres before being brought under control Thursday.

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