By James Clark - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - County Commissioners on Monday afternoon will meet in special session to vote on extending a burn ban for Lubbock County.
The current ban was enacted on December 27th for 90 days and it would expire prior to the next regularly scheduled Commissioners' meeting. The Texas Forest Service website on Sunday reported that 172 Texas Counties have burn bans in effect.
Cottle County to the northeast of Lubbock is the closest county without a burn ban. The March 17th U.S. Drought Monitor shows Lubbock County to be "abnormally dry," which takes into consideration 21 hundredths of an inch of rain on March 5th, but not the rain received in parts of the county Saturday evening.
Commissioner Bill McCay says a burn ban is important because, "If there were a major grassfire, we would not be eligible for state & federal assistance [without a burn ban]."
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