Limestone burn ban lifted for now

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners agreed at their Nov. 14 meeting to lift the county-wide burn ban, which has been in effect since Sept. 26.
The ban could return in a week or two, however, if conditions warrant, they agreed.
Commissioner Pct. 3 Jerry Allen brought up the possibility of lifting the ban, telling the court that he has had residents calling him to request the ban be lifted.
According to Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton, whose advice the court seeks in these matters, the county average reading of soil dryness was 502, well below the 575 that indicates drought and triggers a burn ban.
The readings are established by Texas A&M University’s Keetch-Byram Drought Index, which ranges from zero, meaning saturation, to 800, meaning no detectable moisture whatsoever.

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