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2007-11-22

Burn ban back

By Judith Pannebaker

On the advice of County Fire Marshal Ralph Dresser, Bandera County Commissioners imposed a countywide burn ban effective immediately during a special Monday, Nov. 19, meeting.

This last countywide burn ban was instituted in March just prior to the heavy spring and summer rains.

“The situation across the state is now critical because of the dryness. The drought index is well over 500 and the high grasses are curing out. We’re getting into a dangerous situation,” Dresser said. “To be proactive, I recommend imposing a burn ban rather than waiting until we have a fire and being reactive.”

Precinct 2 Commissioner Bobby Harris agreed, saying, “I’ve got some bad stuff in my precinct and if a fire gets started, we won’t be able to stop it.”

Echoing his colleague, Precinct 4 Commissioner Doug King added, “People have realized how dangerous it is and have not been burning.”

Harris also pointed out counties surrounding Bandera have all instituted burn bans, except for Bexar County.

“There’s nothing left to burn in Bexar County,” Judge Richard Evans quipped.

Commissioners voted unanimously to impose a countywide burn ban effective immediately. However, should sufficient rainfall occur in different areas of the county, the court reserved the right to lift the ban from specific precincts.