MIDLAND COUNTY, TX (KWES) - Being in a drought is nothing new to West Texas, we have heard it before and seem to always make it through.
But, when it comes to a 90-day burn ban that cuts close to a 4th of July deadline, people start to pay attention.
As of last week, Ector County Commissioner Court approved a burn ban, which made Midland and Andrews County some of the few counties in the Permian Basin that do not have burn bans issued.
Even though Midland and Ector counties share the same numbers rating on the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, which is used to determine forest fire potential.
Midland County officials say they are waiting until it's absolutely necessary for a burn ban to be in place. Texas gives counties the authority to run their county as they see fit.
"Yes, so burn bans are very important and they are a great tool for county government to implement if they see a need due to wildfire activity or conditions showing that they have some wildfires. They help prevent human-caused wildfires," said Phillip Truitt, State Public Information Officer – Texas A&M Forest Service.