Burn ban in effect graphic

Johnson County Commissioners, at the request of Commissioner Larry Woolley, reinstituted the county burn ban during Monday’s commissioners court meeting.

“I’d put this on previously for consideration, but then we got some nice rainfall,” Woolley said. “Since then, it’s been getting pretty dry and our drought index is getting high again and right on the threshold.

“ I think we’re supposed to get a little rain on Tuesday but that probably won’t amount to much.”

Howell agreed.

“Even with rain, as hot as it’s been with the sun out lately, that moisture will be gone the next day and everything will be dry and crisp again,” Howell said.

Bailey said that conditions are similar in his precinct.

“It is getting pretty dry,” Bailey said. “I commend the state workers who have been out mowing and hit some of the tall grass areas. That helps. But, in Precinct 1, we’ve got some green still but also a lot of dry areas.”

Johnson County Emergency Services District No. 1 Supervisor Tom Foster confirmed that grass fires are on the increase of late, with the ESD responding to one or two calls per day.

The ban on outdoor burning covers unincorporated areas of the county and remains in effect until lifted by the court.

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