Despite the burn ban, dry weather and spouts of short-lived thunderstorms around the area have still caused an inordinate number of wildfires in Union County over the last several weeks.
According to Union County Ranger Chris Ludwig, 16 fires have destroyed 136 acres since June 19, most of which occur on the weekends.
So far none of the fires have been firework-related, Ludwig added.
“Even with the scattered showers, wildfire danger remains high,” he said in a message. “Several fires have been caused by lightening from the scattered storms.”
Next week there’s a dim chance of rain with 20 percent Sunday through Tuesday, but temperatures are still up in the 100-degree range, according to the National Weather Service.