Rusk County officials downgrade burn ban, urge caution

Rusk County officials downgrade burn ban, urge caution

POSTED: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 9:43am

UPDATED: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 9:43am

 Rusk County residents once again can burn trash and brush outdoors, but county officials are pleading with them to be careful and use common sense.

The Rusk County Commissioners Court voted unanimously Thursday morning to change the unconditional burn ban the county had been under since September to a provisional burn ban.

“People can now have outdoor fires as long as the fires are in an enclosed burn barrel or receptacle, there is water available nearby and the fire is attended,” said County Judge Joel Hale. “We’re just asking that they take into account the weather conditions.”

Pct. 3 Commissioner Freddy Swann said he thought it was important to allow county residents a window of opportunity in which they could burn before winter frosts set in and dry out vegetation even further.

Pct. 4 Commissioner Harold Howell said it’s never been clear how many of the fires that occurred in the county during September and October were the result of people starting fires that got out of control.

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