HOUSTON The drought has createdan environment of extreme fire danger, sothe City of Houston is jnow considering a ban on smoking in city parks.

A 1,500-acre fire burned through George Bush Park Tuesday. It was brought under control early Wednesday morning and was 95 percent contained at 4:15 p.m., the Houston Fire Department said.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker flew over Houston-area parks Wednesday and said the outlook is grim, with lots of brown trees and grass.

Marat Nasyore, a runner, said he thinks a smoking ban in city parks isa good idea.

Because every time I run I see a lot of dried trees, he said. It's really dangerous if someone just throws a cigarette, it can start a fire easily.

I don't think it should be a permanent thing, but while we're having this drought, yeah, said Josh Moore, who is a smoker.

Smoking is already prohibited at Harris County parks, because of the burn ban.

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