The Navarro County Commissioners Court voted to rescind the burn ban in effect for the county.

Recent rains in the area have lowered the 'KDBI' drought index, a tool officials use to determine the exent of drought conditions and fire danger.

Although lifting the ban will allow for agricultural burning in the county, officials urge caution when doing any controlled burns.

Eric Meyers Jr., county emergency management coordinator, offers these tips for outdoor burning:

Don’t burn trash and brush on dry, windy days.

Check to see if weather changes are expected. Outdoor burning should be postponed if shifts in wind direction, higher winds or wind gusts are expected.

Before doing any burning, establish wide control lines down to bare soil at least seven feet wide around any burn barrels and twenty feet wide around brush piles and other piled debris to be burned.

The larger the debris pile, the wider the control line needed to ensure that burning materials won’t be blown or roll off the pile into vegetation outside the line.

Stay with all outdoor fires, until they are completely out. Keep water and hand tools ready in case your fire should attempt to spread.

Burn household trash only in a burn barrel or other trash container equipped with a screen or metal grid to keep burning material contained.

Never attempt to burn aerosol cans; heated cans will explode. Flying metal may cause injuries and the explosion may scatter burning material into nearby vegetation and cause a wildfire.

Stay abreast of wildfire danger levels and heed warnings and bans on outdoor burning.

Meyers cautions that although the burn ban has been lifted, wildfires are still possible across Navarro County and caution should be used during outdoor activities. It is important to remember that regardless of how a fire is started, if you start a fire you are ultimately responsible.

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