An emergency burn ban that was issued by Erath County Judge Tab Thompson one week ago has expired.

Thompson implemented the ban following an alert of extreme fire danger that was issued by the Texas Forest Service. The alert warned of extreme conditions and urged officials across the state to be on guard through the weekend.

The emergency ban offered relief to area firefighters who were busy battling fires that had ignited from controlled burns. Chris Gable, coordinator for Erath County Volunteer Fire Department, said in two days, prior to the implementation of the emergency ban, the department responded to several calls. “Tuesday and Wednesday alone, we received 10 calls,” Gable said. “Nine of those calls were on controlled burns.”

While the ban has been lifted and recent rains have offered some relief, citizens are urged to use sound judgment and extreme caution when burning.

“Just because we got two to three inches of rain, we are not out of harm’s way,” Gable said. “People need to realize that the dead grass and brush on the surface has already dried. The chances of the dry stuff catching fire are still there.”