Burn ban lifted till Sunday

Aerial fireworks with sticks, fins, still prohibited during holiday

It’s a ‘quickie’ as the Milam County rural ban was lifted Tuesday, goes back into effect on Sunday. 
Reporter/Mike Brown It’s a ‘quickie’ as the Milam County rural ban was lifted Tuesday, goes back into effect on Sunday. Reporter/Mike Brown Milam County’s rural outdoor burn ban was lifted temporarily Tuesday morning by County Judge Frank Summers but only for five days.

The ban goes back into effect at 5 p.m. Sunday.

County commissioners imposed a 90-day ban on Dec. 11 but with the stipulation the county judge could lift it as conditions warranted.

Rain fell throughout the county on Christmas Eve with the Rockdale area recording almost an inch.

Lighter rain was recorded overnight Monday.

Summers said during the banlifting period all persons conducting significant burns must notify their local volunteer fire departments.

“Otherwise you will be liable for any damages that occur,” he said.

Lif ting the burn ban only applies in rural areas. The cities of Cameron, Rockdale and Thorndale have permanent outdoor burning bans.

FIREWORKS—Lifting of the ban has no effect on a separate fireworks ban also enacted Dec. 11 by commissioners.

That banned aerial fireworks with fins and sticks.

“Its a separate ban from the outdoor burning ban,” Summers said. “This does not mean aerial fireworks with sticks and fins may be used in Milam County’s rural areas through 5 p.m. Sunday.”

That’s a period which includes the New Year’s holiday.

Rockdale Police Chief Thomas Harris said use of all fireworks is prohibited inside the Rockdale city limits.

EXCEPTIONS—When the burn ban goes back into effect Sunday there will be exceptions including agricultural use, fire department training and barbecues.

Persons taking advantage of exceptions are still responsible for any damages those kind of burns inf lict if they get out of control, Summers said.

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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.

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