Dry conditions and high winds have created a major concern in our area. The threat of wildfires is at an all time high. Yet right now there is no burn ban in effect in Lubbock County. That means no penalties for legal outdoor burning outside the city.
Just two weeks ago, NewsChannel 11 raised the question to county commissioners and this is what Commissioner Patti Jones told us:
"If we keep up this low humidity and no rainfall I think there could be a possibly of a burn ban being issued," said Jones.
Two weeks later, there is still no rain, high winds have been forecasted for days, and yet still no action from county commissioners. Meanwhile, grass fire after grass fire is destroying property and using valuable time and resources of area firefighters.
So consider this, county commissioners just met this week. And while they listened to a proposal to spend almost $1 million on courthouse security, a fire was burning out of control in Shallowater. Something's just out of whack about that.
I would like to see Lubbock County Commissioners call a special meeting and issue an immediate burn ban across Lubbock County. After all, it's their job to do everything they can to protect the citizens that elected them.
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