Due to a severe drought, the counties of North Texas declared a natural disaster and banned fireworks.

CORSICANA, TX (CBSDFW.COM) The wildfire threat has resulted in at least four counties issuing disaster announcements banning fireworks, including Johnson, Navarro, Palo Pinto, and Parker counties.

The lack of rain led to severe drought. The Texas A&M Forest Service reports that about 75% of the state is currently under a burning ban.

That’s why Navarro County Judge H.M. Davenport is now taking these additional preventative steps.

“We were inundated with people calling and asking for a ban on fireworks because they didn’t want to risk it,” he said.

Every year, large crowds of people gather outside the city limits to set off fireworks. You see how dry the grass is here – that’s why this order is necessary.

“The drying up exposes everyone who lives in the country in unincorporated areas, and some of them even closer to the city, to a real fire hazard,” Davenport said.

As the weekend approaches, firefighters are on standby, ready to respond to calls.

You can still buy most fireworks from local stands, but the penalty for setting them off will be between $500 and $1,000 depending on the type.