No burning of brush, in trash barrel or fireworks of any kind
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENS–The Henderson County Commissioners took the advice of several fire departments reporting dry conditions and fatigue from fighting numerous grass fires.
Tuesday, a two-week burn ban was announced. Commissioners are likely to extend the burn ban if present conditions continue.
Kaufman County Commissioners will consider a burn ban in a special meeting Friday. Navarro, Freestone and Anderson counties have already set burn bans, it was noted.
In a week’s time, at least three fires were reported in the Cedar Creek Lake area. A blaze on June 29 scorched 72 acres and ruined 180 round hay bales on property near Farm-to-Market 85. Another grass fire on Monday, burned 200 closely stacked round bales and scorched 100 acres off 85 on CR 2140, close to the Trinity River. No injuries were reported.
A wind from the south helped spread the fire started on the southern border of the property owned by Jackie Ray, burning three pastures.
Seven Points fire chief A. J. Kirksey told The Monitor the fight destroyed two tires on one of his F450 brush trucks.
Kirksey called in three other fire departments to help from Tool and Gun Barrel City. Together the firefighters used 18,000 gallons of water to contain the destruction after five hours of ongoing effort.
Kirksey believes the fire started from a small spark, possibly a cigarette carelessly discarded and warned, that authorities aren’t fooling with the burn ban, anyone caught burning outdoors will be fined, starting at $500.