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Thanks To The Rain, Harris County Lifts Burn Ban

Harris County Commissioners have lifted the partial burn ban that had been ordered after recent stretches of no rain.

The ban on burning in Harris County had been in place since August 11th.

Harris County Fire Marshal Mike Montgomery made the recommendation to the Harris County Commissioners Court.

“Based on the change in the weather patterns and the high amount of rain that we’ve had, I recommend that we go ahead and rescind that burn ban, that partial burn ban.”

“You want to rescind it?” A commissioner asked.

“Yes sir, the last two weeks has certainly replenished and reduced the risks, so we’re comfortable with this recommendation.”

Drought Index map of Texas
The Keetch-Byram Drought Index map from August 4th, 2015. Photo credit: Texas A&M Forest Service Website
Drought Index map of Texas
The Keetch-Byram Drought Index map from August 25th, 2015. Photo credit: Texas A&M Forest Service Website

Although it wasn’t a complete burn ban, the restrictions required the use of covered burn containers for incineration of trash and vegetation. But Fire Marshall Montgomery tells County Judge Ed Emmett that recent rains have certainly helped — as well as other factors.

“Yes sir, we’re gonna continue to monitor, but again with the cool fronts that are starting to come in, the increased humidity, the change in the weather patterns that we’re seeing, we think we’re gonna be okay. We’re gonna continue to monitor, we’ll come back to commissioner’s court with any additional recommendations.”

“Which days in September is it going to rain? Just curious!” Harris County Judge Ed Emmett asked.

The 90-day burn restrictions had originally been set to expire in October.

Montgomery County also lifted its burn ban this week.

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