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Burn ban lifted by county
Trinity Standard - October 2008

GROVETON – The post-hurricane ban on outdoor burning was lifted Tuesday, Sept. 30, by the Trinity County Commissioners Court.
During a special meeting on Monday, Sept. 29, commissioners agreed to lift the ban but urged area residents to use extreme caution when burning debris piles.
County Judge Mark Evans noted that one of the reasons for having the ban in place since the Sept. 13 when Hurricane Ike slammed through East Texas was to give local firefighters an opportunity to rest.
Most, if not all, of the volunteer firemen had worked almost around the clock helping distribute food, water and ice and handling other emergencies in the days following the hurricane.
“I spoke with Chief Huffman (of the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department), and while he is not exactly in favor of lifting the ban, he understands that we cannot keep it in place forever,” Evans told commissioners on Monday.
In lifting the ban, commissioners were concerned that piles of tree limbs and other debris created by Hurricane Ike would all be burning at the same time, creating major problems for firefighters.
“If we need to, we can come back in emergency session and put the ban back in place,” Pct. 4 Commissioner James Alford noted.
Pct. 3 Commissioner Cecil Webb also encouraged people who did plan to conduct a controlled burn to notify their local fire departments. “If they don’t, their neighbors may be calling the fire department to come out,” he said.












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