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Burn ban in effect for Bee County
by Scott Reese Willey
Nov 14, 2008 | 1130 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
David Morgan, emergency management coordinator for Bee county
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Bee County commissioners have imposed a burn ban on outdoor burning in unincorporated areas of the county.

The ban on burning went into effect immediately and will expire in 90 days unless commissioners decide otherwise.

David Morgan, emergency management coordinator for the county, recommended the county adopt a burn ban on outdoor burning because of the dry weather conditions.

He said the county is nearing the 600-700 range in the Keetch-Byrum Drought Index, which measures precipitation, winds and temperature to determine how susceptible an area is to wildfires.

Morgan said he does not believe the county will see “significant” rainfall any time in the near future.

Farmers and ranchers may still burn brush if they get a burn permit from the county.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Eloy Rodriguez suggested the county hold off on adopting the burn ban for a week in order to give residents time to burn their brush or trash — as long as Morgan thought it was safe to do so.

However, Bee County Fire Marshal Ken Orrell said he didn’t think postponing the adoption was a good idea. Giving advance notice of a pending burn ban could entice many residents to burn their trash at the same time, thereby enhancing the possibility of a grass fire or wildfire, he said.

Want to burn outdoors? For permits, call David Morgan at 358-3271, or Ken Orrell at 362-7609 between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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