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Burn ban lifted, safety still encouraged

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As of 10:30 a.m. Friday, August, 26 the burn ban was terminated for all four precincts in Bandera County by authority of Bandera County Judge Richard Evans. The news comes after the National Weather Service estimated Bandera County received up to four inches of rain, with the western portion of the county receiving closer to one-and-a-half inches.

The lifting of the ban was on August 25’s Commissioners’ Court agenda, but the final decision was deferred to Friday pending information from Fire Marshal Jason Rutherford.

Officials with the Pipe Creek Volunteer Fire Department recommend refraining from burning, but remind the public burns must be registered before beginning them.

Burns can be registered by calling 830-796-3771.

The burn ban was last renewed for 90 days on August 11.

Accompanied by Smokey Bear, representatives from the Forest Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture visited Bandera and Medina as part of a statewide tour to increase awareness of fire prevention practices.

Representatives say vehicles present a fire hazard and remind residents to ensure chains and other metal parts aren’t dragging, tire pressure is properly checked and to refrain from parking or driving on dry grass or brush. Even pulling to the side of the road can prevent a hazard.

Sparks from equipment like lawnmowers and welding tools present a hazard as well and caution and regular equipment checking is highly encouraged.