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September 25, 2012

Fire danger high, marshal warns

County holds off reissuing outdoor burn ban – for now

By LIBBY CLUETT | lcluett@mineralwellsindex.com

PALO PINTO – Although the Palo Pinto County Commissioners Court lifted the countywide burn ban last week, at Monday’s meeting commissioners and County Fire Marshal Buddy Harwell emphasized that citizens need to call the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office before burning wood and brush.

Not only does it help PPSO dispatch know who is planning a controlled burn and prevent dispatching a department when a fire is called in, Harwell advised that citizens need to check in to make sure conditions are favorable for burning, like they were Saturday.

While grasses around the county are pretty green and moist because of previous rains, Harwell said conditions in Stephens County are dryer and the forecast shows Palo Pinto County will follow suit. He told commissioners the drought index was in the 400-to-500 range late last week, but it rose to reflect dryer conditions Monday.

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