This fire, too, is still under investigation and firefighters are unsure of a cause. Harwell said he is still waiting to hear from the insurance company about it.
Meanwhile Sunday, the grass fire ignited on U.S. Highway 180, just west of Palo Pinto.
Harwell – who was at the house fire Sunday afternoon – said as of Monday afternoon, he had yet to receive a full report. Based on what he knew, he said a truck that was either over-heated or already on fire pulled over on the side of the road and sparked a grass fire. The Palo Pinto volunteers arrived and quickly extinguished the flames, but not before they burnt about 10 acres. Still, Harwell said they were lucky it did not get worse, considering the drought conditions.
Bearing continual drought conditions in mind and the recent string of fires, commissioners granted Harwell’s request Monday morning and enacted a new burn ban.
All outdoor burning will be banned for 90 days, with the exception of outdoor cooking on grills and any other burning used exclusively for recreational and noncommercial preparation of food or as a means to keep warm. This order specifically prohibits burning to clear land and the us of Chinese sky lanterns. Violation of this order is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.