You can burn your piles freely once again, Grimes County.
The Grimes County Commiissioner’s Court held a special meeting on Wednesday morning to discuss removing the burn ban. Emergency Management Coordinator David Lilly said after his research, it seems like a safe time now to remove the ban.
“I just reviewed the Texas Forest Service’s most recent report, which assesses for or describes potential fire hazard or fire levels. Right now, they have us at ‘green,’ which means our moisture level is high enough to merit that…the rain, combined with the humidity we had, has raised the moisture level enough to where they feel it is safe enough at this point to consider lifting it,” said Lilly.
County Judge Joe Fauth and Lilly also had a discussion about the number of burn ban violation calls the county had since enacting the ban in late August. Lilly said again, for the most part, people cooperated.
“I know there are citizen’s that are very diligent, law abiding, and when there is a burn ban in place, they follow it. I take that as a reason for why we had, it seems like, a lot less burn ban violation call this round than we had in the past,” Lilly said. “During some periods, it almost seems non-stop, especially on the weekends. Does not mean there have not been violations, but it does seem to have been less than what I would consider the average.”
The Burn Ban was unanimously voted to be lifted.
As of 8:58 am Wednesday, September 16th, you may resume burning in Grimes County.