Burn ban to remain off two more weeks

Commissioners overrule county fire chiefs’ request to reimpose restrictions

Rural Milam County residents who want to do some outdoor burning after last weekend’s rains can go ahead after commissioners unanimously agreed Monday not to reimpose the burning ban.

That 5-0 vote came despite a request from the county fire chiefs association to reimpose the ban which was lifted Sept. 10.

Travis Yoakum of the Milano VFD, vice-president of the county fire chiefs association, cited recent activity by fire departments in several areas of the county as evidence the ban should be reimposed.

“There isn’t much water in the (stock) tanks,” he said. “A big fire would take all of the water.”

Yoakum said every Milam County fire department went to at least one fire after the ban was lifted.

He noted the Rockdale and Milano VFDs recently spent more than 18 hours at a Gause area fire after a landowner lit brush on fire and left the scene.

Commissioners and County Judge Dave Barkemeyer pointed to recent rains over the weekend as the primary reason for their reluctance to reimpose the ban on Monday.

“Some parts of the county are dry,” Barkemeyer said. “We will lift (restore the ban) immediately when we have fires.”

In other business, commissioners:

• Nominated Don Culp, Travis Yoakum and Mike Marek to the Milam Appraisal District board of directors.

• Appointed Joy Graham, Dr. Lucile Estell, Darlene Anglen, Geri Burnett, Mary Nell Neely, Lisa Benford, William Beene, Judith Slusher, Toby Johnson, Doug Williams and Johnnielyn Brown to the Certified Local Government Board for Milam.

• Heard annual precinct road reports reflecting the following amount of mileage on county roads:

Precinct 1, 196.4 miles; Precinct 2, 211.7 miles; Precinct 3, 193.5 miles; Precinct 4, 179.1 miles; total, 780.8 miles.

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