With the area having received a total of slightly more than 6 inches of rain in recent weeks, the burn ban in Anderson County was lifted this morning by Anderson County Judge Carey McKinney.

McKinney signed an order around 8:30 a.m. today, “temporarily” lifting the ban based on Wednesday’s rainfall.

After enduring an exceptionally-dry 2005, Anderson County and other East Texas counties have been receiving much-needed precipitation in recent weeks, although fire officials warn conditions continue to be quite dry.

In the last three weeks, the City of Palestine has recorded a total of 6.07 inches of rain, with Wednesday’s total listed at 0.56 inch.

Anderson County’s burn ban has been an on-again, off-again proposition in recent weeks.

Most recently, Anderson County commissioners voted Jan. 23 to lift the ban, but reinstated it just two days later after representatives of several of the county’s volunteer fire departments expressed their concerns.

Although Anderson County has temporarily lifted its burn ban, Palestine Fire Marshal Alan Wilcher said outdoor burning is still prohibited within the city limits of Palestine based on the rules of the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality.

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