LIMESTONE COUNTY (June 20, 2013)--The Limestone County Judge issued a burn ban notice due to dry conditions Thursday morning.
"It means no outside burning, no open flames, anything like that," Limestone County Emergency Management Coordinator Matt Groveton said.
The lack of rain and high amounts of dead grass and trees in the county have forced the county to implement the ban.
"If you look at the Texas Forest Services Rainfall map, Limestone County is one of the driest counties, so it's forced us to enable a burn ban," Groveton said. "We're just unlucky when it comes to rain."
The ban is only for open flames and still allows enclosed flames in the county.
"Basically, this targets folks who like to burn their trash or brush and limbs, but BBQ grill are okay because those are enclosed flames," Groveton said.
Groveton says the ban will help keep fires from starting and residents safe. "We have started to have a few fires that start small but due to dry conditions, they have the potential to explode into major fires in seconds."
Limeston County Judge Daniel Burkeen implemented the ban Thursday for seven days.
County Commissioners are expected to expand the ban during their meeting Monday.
"What we are afraid of this season, is that so far, we have the potential for a drought that would exceed droughts of the last few years," Groveton said. "It scares us for fires and water purposes, so we are going to do what we can to be proactive and prepare for the worst."