Burn Ban Puts Some Businesses in a Bind

When days turn into months without rain, county leaders have no choice but to restrict burning. When there is a ban in place, nothing - not even yard debris - can be burned outside. Not even by workers who need to burn for their business.

Johnny Johnson of Johnson's Excavating said, "When you got timber and you're clearing for a new site, then you gotta burn wood product. When you got a burn ban, you gotta haul it to a place and leave it [until] the burn ban's off. In doing that, that more or less doubles or triples the cost of the job and then you gotta pass that on to the consumer."

Burning bans may hurt certain businesses like builders and excavators because they usually have a lot of debris to get rid of, but for other companies, burning bans are good news because they create more work than usual.

"It actually helps our business because it's more hauling and we cost the customer more money," said Allen Loggins, Jr. of Allen Loggins & Sons, Inc.

Outside burning in Angelina County and the city of Lufkin is not allowed until further notice. The decision is based on moisture levels in the ground and recommendations by the Texas Forest Service.