Erath County Judge Tab Thompson and the commissioners have lifted the burn ban until further notice.

“There’s going to be so much that needs to be done in the way of burning,” Thompson said referencing the trees and branches lost after the Feb. 21 ice storm. 

United Cooperative Services spent countless hours trimming trees to restore power to more than 3,000 members in what was the worst storm-related outage in the electric cooperative’s history. 

As of Monday, Erath County along with several surrounding counties were in the low to moderate zone of the Texas A&M Forest Service’s fire danger map.

The county is in the lowest zone of the Keetch-Byram Drought Index at zero-200 meaning, “Soil and fuel moisture is high. Most fuels will not contribute much to wildfire intensity. This is often seen in spring after winter precipitation.”