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1/14/08

Burn Ban Possible In Lubbock County

The dry weather is prompting several South Plains counties to issue burn bans. Lubbock County has not issued one yet but officials are monitoring conditions. 

Around one o'clock on Monday, Roosevelt Fire Crews responded to a grassfire. Luckily they were able to put it out shortly after arriving on the scene. No one was hurt and no  structures were threatened.

On Saturday Lamesa Firefighters worked to put out a large cloud of smoke rising from the Gaines and Dawson county line. It took firefighters four and a half hours to extinguish the grass fire. It destroyed 120 to 160 acres of land.

These are just two of several recent grass fires on the South Plains and that's why Lubbock County Commissioners are monitoring the fire danger in Lubbock.

"If we keep up this low humidity and no rain fall I think there could be a possibly of a burn ban being issued," Patti Jones, Precinct Four County Commissioner said.

Jones says much of their decision is based on the Texas Forest Service website which shows the dryness in the area.

But Jones adds there are many factors to take into consideration before issuing a burn ban, one being the fact that there is no trash collection service out in the county and many burn their trash.

Several surrounding counties like Hale, Hockley, Garza and Lynn counties are under burn bans right now.

 

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