A closer look at Erath County

Autumn Owens aowens@empiretribune.com
There are 97 counties in the state that are currently under a burn ban.

Dry conditions are continuing in Erath County and according to Erath County Volunteer Fire Rescue Coordinator Chris Brooks, they have responded to 10 grass fires over the past two weeks.

The Texas A&M Forest Service website posts reports for all Texas counties showing there were 76 wildland calls from Erath County and 1,868 acres burned in 2017.

Stephenville resident Dean Jones, who tracks local rainfall, released his year-end report showing there was 1.80 inches of rain in October and November and 2.95 inches in December.

“I had only a trace or so on Jan. 1 that created the spotty ice and smidgen of snow, but I didn’t have anything really measurable,” Jones stated in an email.

Erath County is still under a burn ban along with 96 other counties in the state, including Comanche, Hamilton, Eastland, Palo Pinto, Parker and Tarrant counties.