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ETX county drops burn ban temporarily

ANDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Monday morning, officials in Anderson County temporarily lifted the burn ban.

It's the first county in East Texas to lift the ban.

Officials say they feel the recent rain was enough to let folks burn.

Barbara Kenetzky cheered when she heard the news that the burn ban in Anderson County was lifted.

"It's been too long since we've been able to burn anything that we need to burn at home," she said.

About two months ago, a wildfire broke out in Anderson County, forcing evacuations and scorching hundreds of acres.

Until this past weekend, it had been weeks since East Texas had seen rain.

County Judge Robert Johnston says lifting the ban was a tough decision to make.

"We hope it's the right thing that's all I can is ask people to use good, common sense and don't do something even if we've never had a burn ban on I just ask people to use good, common sense," he remarked.

"We have a lot of wind coming through, is what they're predicting on Tuesday and Wednesday, and I just hope that nobody starts one, you know, and it gets out. That's what I'm asking--is just to be very, very cautious when they start a fire," says Johnston.

He says at anytime, he call an emergency meeting and put the burn ban back into effect.
Anderson County is the only county in East Texas that's lifted the burn ban.

Over the weekend, Smith County authorities issued six illegal burn citations and at least two Monday morning.

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