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September 24, 2013

Cherokee County lifts burn ban

CHEROKEE COUNTY — Blame it on the rain.

Cherokee County Commissioners decided Monday to lift the burn ban over the entire county. The ban – originally handed down Aug. 30 – was in in reaction to extreme heat.

It had also affected area counties such as Hunt, Morris, Frank, Titus, Cass, Marion, Upshur, Camp, Kaufman, Henderson, Smith, Gregg, Rusk, Panola, Anderson, Nacogdoches, Shelby, San Augustine, Sabine, Angelina, Trinity, Wood and Houston.

Commissioners decided to lift the ban Monday after taking into consideration the positive effect of the  recent, local, rains.

County authorities also urged residents who intend to go back to burning to exercise extreme caution and respect safety procedures.

It was a sentiment echoed by Emergency Management Coordinator Ronnie Kimbrough  back in April.

“Please use extreme caution with an outdoor activity,” Kimbrough said.  

The ban was placed after U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that adverse drought conditions have prompted them to declare Cherokee and four other Texas counties primary natural disaster areas.

The decision to lift the ban was apparently immediate, even through the burn ban warning remained on the county website Monday morning.

Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis was out of the office Monday afternoon and could not be located to comment.

According to the National Weather Service, the weather around Jacksonville  should be mostly sunny the rest of the week.

That is certainly the case on Tuesday, which brings mostly sun, a high near 90, and a low around 66 to the area. Or on Wednesday, which is expected to be equally sunny, with a high near 91 and a low around 66.

Thursday also starts sunny with a high near 91 but descends around nightfall to partly cloudy with a low around 70.

Friday is expected to equally sunny with a high  near 92 . There should be night time cloudiness with an expected low around 70.

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