Burn bans extend to record-breaking 247 Texas counties

COLLEGE STATION, TX (AP) - The Texas Forest Service says the record number of counties with outdoor burn bans has reached 247 as the drought lingers.

An agency map Monday afternoon showed scattered areas in northern and southern parts of 254-county Texas as the only areas without burn bans during the hot, dry weather.

The Texas Forest Service says the previous record, before this year's drought, was set in January 2006 with 221 counties having outdoor burn bans. That mark was passed last month.

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