Rain brings relief to ETX counties under burn ban

Rain brings relief to ETX counties under burn ban

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Three days of projected rain across the Pineywoods could bring an end to the burn bans many counties are under.

With projected rain totals reaching at least 5 inches, many officials believe the burn bans could be dropped.

"It's hard to say if it will or not," City of Huntington Fire Captain Richie Allen said. "That will be up to the judge, but I think the rain will bring relief."

Allen said the rain could not come at a better time.

"It just keeps getting worse and worse," Allen said. "This moth alone, we have had 15 calls for illegal burns that got out of control."

For fire departments the rain could bring relief and give crews a short break after a long fire season.

"They've been running fires a long time, a lot of fires and fires we weren't able to control," Fire Prevention Specialist Jan Amen said. "This will defiantly give the firefighters to take a breather."

Just because there is a significant amount of rain does not mean the risk for fires is gone.

"It's going to take a lot of rain over several days and several rain events to regain the lost soil moisture over the last three months," Agrilife Extension Agent Cary Sims said.

Allen said even if the burns bans are lifted after the rain stops, it will still be good to practice caution.

"Don't leave your fires unattended and be careful," Allen said. "It just takes a second for it to get away."

Several Deep East Texas Counties will bring up the burn ban issue at their commissioners court meetings.

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