Victoria County to consider burn ban

Marina Riker By Marina Riker

Aug. 6, 2017 at 9:30 p.m.
Updated Aug. 7, 2017 at 6 a.m.

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Victoria's hot and dry summer has spurred county officials to consider a countywide burn ban.

Monday, county commissioners are scheduled to consider issuing the ban, which was requested by Victoria County Fire Marshal Richard Castillo.

Victoria County hasn't had many brush or grass fires during the past few weeks, but some grass fires have engulfed up to 35 acres, Castillo said. Those fires are because of dry vegetation and little rain, he added.

If approved, the burn ban would go into effect Monday.

"With our hot, dry summers, it's unusual to go through a summer without a burn ban," County Judge Ben Zeller said.

County commissioners are also expected to discuss a grant that would pay to install traffic signs in Bloomington and Placedo. The signs would be installed with the goal of reducing response times for law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical services when serving residents in the area.


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