Howard County Officials Thinking of Lifting Current Burn Ban

By Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9
HOWARD COUNTY - NewsWest9 has gotten a lot of negative feedback from viewers after burn bans were lifted in several counties. Now Howard County is thinking of lifting their burn ban. Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan say's lifting this ban will only help them when things get dry.
It's been more than a year and a half since the burn ban has been in place for Howard County and finally after such a long time, officials are thinking of lifting it.
"There are a lot of people that need to take care of some business and get some of this brush that is piled up around and get it burned off now, while we do have some moisture on the ground," Sullivan said.

Sullivan thinks that if they get rid of the brush now it will only help them later on during fire season.

"It's a health and safety issue. These people need to get this cleaned up on their land. That is less fuel to run through their property and to help heighten these fires and the strength of these fires," Sullivan said.

The Chief wants to assure everyone that it's safer to do it now that they still have some moisture on the ground.

"I understand that there will be some fears about lifting the burn bans, but the chance of a major wildfire is very low. That is not saying we can't have any fires because we can still have fires. With the significant snow that we got, it has actually made those fuels lay down. They will still burn but they won't take off and wild like they have in the past," Sullivan said.

However, not all residents are on board with lifting the burn ban.

"I think it's a bad idea to lift the ban because the sparks from trash float in the air just as easily as anything and living out in the country is a concern," Howard County resident, Sheryl Preslar, said.

"As long as it's as wet as it is, I think it will probably be alright," Howard County resident, Chester Faught, said.

"I will just leave it to the higher authorities to lift it or not lift it because they know about it more than I do," Howard County resident, Charlotte Dilbeck, said.

The burn ban in Howard County has not been lifted yet, this is all still in the works. The County Judge will discuss the issue with County Commissioners on Tuesday and they will decide if the burn ban will be lifted for Howard County.