HOUSTON – The drought has created an environment of extreme fire danger, so the 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 is a 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.