Wichita County Commissioners voted on Monday to extend a County-wide burn ban until further notice. Rather than the usual 90 day extension, commissioners took things a step further, and extended the ban indefinitely.
Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom said, "The important thing is there is to be no open burning that includes trash and no pit fires."
The current ban is an extension on a 7 day ban signed by Judge Gossom. That temporary ban was requested by the Wichita County Volunteer Fire Departments. Gossom said, "They get a whole lot of credence when they make a recommendation in either direction and I felt this was the right thing to do."
The ban prohibits people from burning trash or other debris in their back yards. Now, they'll have to let it pile up or haul it to the dump themselves."
One resident we spoke with had no problem with that. He said, "They can store that trash up a whole lot easier than they could burn it and take a chance on burning somebody else's house."
Wichita County Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator Len Nauman said he hopes the ban will make things easier on our fire fighters. "It'll make the fire departments feel a little more at ease. It's not going to do anything about the fuel and it's not entirely going to stop all burning. People will still try to burn. It will give them some enforcement for the Sheriffs office to at least stop the burning."
Another resident we spoke with said, "It most definitely will help keep us on the safer side and help the volunteer fire departments too for expenses and stuff like that."
You can find more information on the County Commissioners Court, and watch Monday's meeting on the Wichita County Web site.