Ellis County has issued a burn ban effective today.

The ban is necessary due to increasing spring temperatures, continuous low humidity levels and a trace amount of precipitation, according to a media release from Ellis County emergency management coordinator Darin Myers.

Dry and windy conditions significantly increase the likelihood of rapid fire growth. The burn ban will remain in effect until announced otherwise.

"Please take all necessary precautions to prevent a fire," Myers stated. "If a fire starts, call 911 immediately to report the fire allowing the fire departments to respond as quickly as possible."