Bee commissioners reinstates burn ban
Jun 17, 2011 | 1193 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
County Commissioners Thursday voted to continue the burn ban after discovering that it had lapsed.

Commissioner Carlos Salazar Jr., who headed the meeting in the absence of County Judge David Silva, said, “The purpose of this meeting is to enact the burn ban which has expired so we need to put it back in place.”

Commissioners unanimously approved the ban for the next 90 days.

Bee County is currently in a drought that is causing the grasslands to become potential fire hazards.

On Monday, commissioners also banned the sale and use of aerial fireworks this July Fourth holiday for fear of the pyrotechnics sparking grass fires.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, Bee County is classified in the severe to exceptional range.

According to the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, which measures potential fire danger, the threat for wildfires remains severe for the county.

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