A burn ban for the county will be discussed during Erath County Commissioners
Court at 9 a.m. Monday at the courthouse.
Chris Gable, fire coordinator for Erath County Volunteer Fire Rescue,
said Eastland, Palo Pinto and Comanche Counties already have a burn ban in
effect. He said Hood and Hamilton Counties are expected to have a ban in
Based on those counties and recommendations from the Texas Forestry Service,
Gable said he will suggest to commissioners to have a ban go into effect for
Erath County beginning Dec. 1.
Fuel for fire is plentiful this year, Gable said, due to a wet year
promoting plant growth. He said the grass is higher than it's been in a long
time and not everyone has kept pastures and other areas shredded.
Gable said the Texas Forest Service is predicting a dry and warm winter
making conditions favorable for fires.
In other business commissioners will:
* Open bridge bids
* Open tractor bids
* Discuss pipeline crossing County Road 156
* Hear report from Joe Cooper of the Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation
* Discuss agreement with Huckabay Volunteer Fire Department
* Discuss payment to Wanda Lord lease (Precinct 4) without contract
* Hear EMS director's request to purchase a new ambulance.
ANGELIA JOINER is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached
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