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July 1, 2013

Navarro County issues burn ban

Corsicana — The Navarro County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a burn ban for the county Monday, effective immediately.

With a total of 11 grass fires reported over the past weekend, and 22 reported in the county since June 22, commissioners enacted the ban at a special meeting Monday.

County Judge H.M. Davenport Jr. said last week the county was closely monitoring the drought conditions in the region. He said County Emergency Management Coordinator Eric Meyers Jr. expressed concerns last week about the tinder-dry conditions across the county.

On Monday, the Keetch-Byram Drought Index — also referred to as the KBDI — showed a reading of 575 for Navarro County. That number is commonly used as a “trigger” to enact a ban.

Monday’s action does not affect the use of fireworks in areas of the county that hasn’t banned or restricted their use. Only an emergency declaration issued by the State of Texas would prohibit the discharge of fireworks.

However, fireworks can still cause fires, said County Judge H.M. Davenport Jr., who urged “extreme caution” in their use. He suggested those planning to discharge fireworks keep a working sprayer with water in it on site to extinguish any fire that a firework may start.

“If they see something they can put it out really quick,” he said. “It might save their house, it might save somebody’s pasture, it may save some livestock or lives.”

Household trash can be burned in approved burn barrels or covered pits, but cannot be left unattended. Agricultural burns may also be conducted, but only under the direction of a burn manager, and the filing of a burn plan with the Office of Emergency Management.

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Bob Belcher may be reached by email at bbelcher@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this story? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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