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County reinstates burn ban for 90 days

County commissioners reinstated a burn ban during a special meeting Monday.

County Judge Larry Sprowls said the National Weather Service  issued a statement on Friday  elevating to ‘critical fire weather conditions’ across a 24-county area, including Hockley.

The statement noted that relative humidity for the area remains low; winds from the southwest dominate and temperatures are 5-10 degrees above normal.

Currently, drought continues to persist for ‘over 80 percent of Texas.’

The ban prohibits ‘all outdoor’ burning in the unincorporated area of the county. It is in effect for 90 days, or until the Texas Forest Service  determines that drought conditions no longer exist, or commissioners determine that circumstances no longer warrant the ban.

With no discussion, the Court approved Commissioner Larry Carter’s motion to reinstate the ban.

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