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Posted on: September 13, 2010

[ARCHIVED] Burn Ban Lifted

On the recommendation of Fire Marshal’s Investigator Jim Pharr, Ellis County Commissioners voted unanimously to lift the ban on outdoor burning within Ellis County.
“The (Keetch-Byram Drought Index) for Ellis County as of this morning is 141,” Pharr told the Court. “The Texas Forestry Service 14-day outlook is for the KBDI to be in the 300 to 400 range.”
Historically, the Court has instituted a burn ban when the KBDI exceeds 500. The current ban had been in place since August 9, 2010.
Pharr took a moment to provide the Court with a list of a few items that cannot be burned under Texas law:
• Tires
• Electrical insulation
• Treated lumber
• Plastic
• Chemical waste
• Items that contain natural or synthetic rubber
Pharr said his list was not intended to be comprehensive. Citizens should check with authorities before beginning to burn.

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