The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

September 24, 2013

Anderson County burn ban lifted

Staff Reports
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — After a welcome deluge of rain last week, Anderson County Judge Robert Johnston lifted the ban on outdoor burning in unincorporated areas on Saturday.

The 90-day burn ban was called by commissioners on Aug. 12, due to continuously dry conditions.

The Keetch Byram Drought Index report showed Anderson County to be in the 400-500 range as of Tuesday, with the numbers expected to rise to the next-highest level of 500-600 in the next two weeks.

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, 83 Texas counties are under burn ban orders as of Tuesday, with the most local county being Freestone. All other area counties have lifted their burn ban orders as well.

City of Palestine officials report that outdoor burning is always prohibited in the city limits.