Burn ban lifted to Sept. 23rd after rain

Following a thunderstorm that produced almost an inch in Rockdale in one hour Monday afternoon, County Judge Dave Barkemeyer has lifted Milam County’s rural outdoor burning ban for about two weeks.

The storm socked Rockdale with a .91-inch deluge about 5:30 p.m. with water running high in many low water parts of town.

Barkemeyer said Tuesday morning he had conferred with Henry Horelica of Cameron, head of the Milam County Fire Chiefs Association, and lifted the burn ban until Sept. 23.

“It will be discussed that day at the commissioners court meeting as to whether the ban will be re-instituted,” he said.

Barkemeyer said he would reimpose the ban prior to Sept. 23 if conditions warranted.

Rural Milam residents are reminded to notify the appropriate local fire department before starting any significant fire, such as a brush pile or large pile of debris. Burning after dark is prohibited.

Also, the lifting of a burn ban has no effect inside the city limits of Rockdale, which has its own, permanent, outdoor burning ban.

FIRE CALLS—Prior to Monday’s rainfall, South Milam County fire departments answered the following calls:

• 6:10 p.m. Sept. 3, tree on fire, County Road 328, Milano VFD.

• 12:36 a.m. Thursday, car fire south of CR 302, Rockdale VFD.

• 12:43 a.m. Thursday, burn ban violation, County Road 355, Rockdale VFD.

• 11:44 a.m Thursday, grass fire, CR 357A, Gause and Milano VFDs. Gause responded back for rekindle at 4:07 p.m.

• 10:10 p.m., transformer sparking, 220 North Olive in Gause, Gause VFD.

• 2:38 a.m. Monday, structure fire, minor damage, 407 East Sixth in Rockdale, Rockdale VFD.

• 2:25 p.m. Monday, hay bale on fire, 320 Eighth Street, Rockdale, Rockdale VFD (see photo page 3A).

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