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

place soon.

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

* District

* 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

at angelia.joiner@empiretribune.com or 254-965-3124, ext. 238.