2011-12-01 / Front Page

Burn Ban Lifted After Much Needed Rain

The Lee County Commissioners voted to lift the Burn Ban Monday morning, thanks to the recent rainfall the area has enjoyed. The majority of the Volunteer Fire Departments in Lee County agreed to lift the ban.

Over the past week to ten days, rainfall totals throughout the area varied from just over two inches to well over three inches, bringing the fire index down to 513 from 758, where it topped out earlier this season.

Lee County Judge Paul Fischer has the authority to reinstate the Burn Ban should there be too many fire calls for the area. Judge Fischer and the Commissioners, along with Lee County fire departments, urge all citizens to use extreme caution when burning outdoors.

The Commissioners will meet again on December 12, when they will take up the issue of the Burn Ban again and decide whether or not to reinstate it, which could include limiting fireworks over the New Year’s Holiday.

Lee County’s fire index reached 758 recently, with the top index measure being 800. The index is defined by the National Fire Danger Rating System and is used to provide an accurate measure of the relative seriousness of outdoor burning conditions.

As of Tuesday morning, the Texas Forest Service reported that 166 counties, out of 254, in Texas were still under a Burn Ban. This past summer, all but two counties had Burn Bans. We are truly thankful for the rain we’ve already received and we are hopeful for the rain that forecasters are telling us we may receive later this week.

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