Johnson County Commissioners, after some discussion, enacted a burn ban effective immediately throughout all areas of the county, save Precinct 1 during its Monday meeting.

Woolley requested the ban.

“I know we had some rain a few days ago but we still have lots of dormant fuel,” Woolley said. ‘[Johnson County Emergency Management Director Jamie Moore] said we’ve been hammered with grass fires.”

Moore confirmed that seven grass fires broke out in the county last Tuesday over a two-hour period. One in the Venus area destroyed two mobile homes, he said.

“Fortunately, neither was occupied at the time,” Moore said. “All of the fires were human caused and all burned an acre or more.”

Harmon noted that the drought index referenced by the Texas Forestry Service is not high enough to recommend calling for a burn ban

That index isn’t totally reliable, Woolley said, because it measures moisture in the ground but fails to take into account dead and dying fuel, such as grass and leaves. Woolley said conditions through much of the county are perfect for grass fires.

Commissioners in the end decided to enact the ban.

“If we get heavy rain in the next few days we can always lift it,” Commissioner Kenny Howell said.

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