Chiefs Push Reinstatement of Burn Ban

3-2-06 - Local fire departments have spent the week fighting grassfires, all while asking why burn bans in the area are being lifted. This week the fire danger flared back up and snagged most of the headlines. And oddly enough it's a week that began with the burn ban being lifted in several local counties, something that is not sitting well with fire chiefs.

A grassfire in Bryan County shutdown Highway 75 two days ago and flared back up again Thursday. The recent rain is why many counties felt it would be okay to allow outdoor burning, but all of this week's fires, prove that the land is still very dry.

In Grayson County the burn ban was lifted Monday and the 19 members of the Grayson County Association of Fire Chiefs didn't waste anytime in asking it to be reinstated. They say they weren't consulted when the ban was lifted, but unanimously voted to have a representative current at this monday's commissioners meeting where the possible reinstatement has been put on the agenda for discussion.

And those fires continuing Thursday, especially in northern Fannin County near the Lamasco area where they have been fighting multiple fires all day. And sure enough, Fannin County commissiones have called an emergency meeting Friday morning to discuss reinstating their ban.

Grayson, Fannin, and Lamar counties all lifted their bans this week. Oklahoma is still under a state-wide ban.