Victoria County lifts burn ban

Brian Cuaron

Oct. 13, 2011 at 5:13 a.m.

The Victoria County burn ban was lifted on Thursday.

"Hopefully, people will be very cautious, watch what they're doing," said county Judge Don Pozzi.

The commissioners court enacted the ban April 25, only allowing rural residents to burn household garbage in barrels with a screen on top. Pozzi lifted the ban after consulting with Fire Marshal Ron Pray.

The county's Keetch Byram Drought Index average was 600, according to the Texas Weather Connection. Pozzi said the county starts looking whether to lift a ban when it ranges from 550 to 600.

The main reason for lifting the ban was to give rural residents a chance to burn piles of brush that have built up, Pray said. He said recent rain brought down the index.

The court will review the ban Monday, Pozzi said. Recent legislation allows judges to nix burn bans without court approval.



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