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1/26/09

Lubbock County Commissioners Issue Burn Ban

Commissioners banned outdoor fires throughout the county Monday on warnings of severe dry conditions and concern for volunteer firefighters. The ban went into effect immediately.

The Lubbock County Commissioner's Court unanimously enacted a burn ban for the county Monday to take effect immediately.

According to Lubbock Fire Chief Rhea Cooper, the problem is the significant growth caused by the rain we received earlier in the year. "This grass, cotton on side of roads, all this material is ready to burn all it takes is a spark," said Cooper.

During the ban, outdoor burning is not allowed. This includes trash fires or any open fires.

Fire officials say significant rain is needed, and what we received Monday is not near enough. "Probably until it rains, significant rain fall and I know we speak of this on a day where we'd have some precipitation falling outside, however it's just a temporary measure," said Tim Smith, West Carlisle Fire Chief.

Burn bans are important to have because in the case of a large grass fire, Lubbock County would be eligible to receive disaster assistance from the state. The Texas Forest Service keeps track of all the counties with burn bans. The latest number is 134.

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