The Somervell County Commissioner’s Court decided not to issue a burn ban during their regular meeting Dec. 8. Instead, the issue was tabled and will be placed on the agenda for next week along with a possible ban against aerial fireworks.
Dec. 15 is the last day commissioners have to ban aerial fireworks if weather conditions do not improve.
“The county remains dry,” said Josh Blanek, AgriLife Extension agent in Somervell County. “We received only a trace of rain during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Pastures show little green, and wheat and oats show little growth.”
Hood, Erath, Eastland and Comanche counties have already issued burn bans.
Firefighters battled two grassfires over the weekend on opposite ends of the county; both started by open flame fires. One grew into a brushfire. Surrounding counties have faced their share of fires, including a 20-acre fire in Erath County on US Highway 377.
A cabinet store owner burning wood started the blaze that crept dangerously close to several homes and businesses.
Commissioners are hoping common sense and a chance of rain will keep the threat of more fires at bay.
Commissioners approved the purchase of three vehicles by the sheriff’s department. The will receive a 2008 Dodge Durango for more than $18,000 and two Dodge Chargers for just over $35,000 combined.
“The Durango gives us more options in carrying our emergency response equipment,” said Sheriff Greg Doyle.
The Durango will not be used as a patrol vehicle. Instead, the Charges will be placed on patrol and will replace two older vehicles in the fleet. The Sheriff’s Department still has four Ford Crown Victorias in their fleet that Doyle is hoping to phase out.