Lubbock burn ban delayed as county hopes for rain - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock burn ban delayed as county hopes for rain

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The Texas A&M Forest Service says Lubbock County is one of three counties in the KCBD viewing area that is not currently under a burn ban.

Lubbock County, along with Hale County and Motley County, are all surrounded by counties under an active burn ban.

Clinton Thetford, Emergency Management Coordinator for Lubbock County, says the status of the county is evaluated daily, but the hope for rain has delayed implementation of the ban.

"This is traditionally one of our wettest months of the year," Thetford said, "So that's why we've waited to see if we will get some rain this month and not have to put the burn ban in for a while."

He says he is working closely with County Commissioners to determine when the ban will take effect.

Thetford says his staff and the County Commissioners have been holding out for the same thing many others on the South Plains are praying for.

"We've all just been hoping for some rain," Thetford said.

If the county fails to see significant rainfall, Lubbock would join 83 other Texas counties that are currently under a burn ban.

This would prohibit controlled burns in any part of Lubbock County as well as the use of fireworks.

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