Aug

24

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 24, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

ATHENS — Don’t strike that match, there’s still a burn ban in Henderson County.

Henderson County Commissioners’ Court extended the current burn ban another 14 days Tuesday morning. The move came at the recommendation of Fire Marshal Darrell Furrh, who said the county’s Keetch-Byram Drought Index average score is 613, despite recent rains.

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Nov

17

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : November 17, 2011

By Michael V. Hannigan

ATHENS – For the second straight week, Henderson County commissioners did not institute a burn ban. They are not alone, as Anderson, Cherokee, Kaufman, Smith and Van Zandt counties are also without burn bans right now.

So why is non-action news? Because Henderson County had been under a burn ban for seven consecutive months

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Nov

08

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : November 8, 2011

CLARIFICATION: The burn ban officially expires at midnight Tuesday, Nov. 8.

By Michael V. Hannigan

The News Staff

ATHENS – Henderson County commissioners have put an end to the seven-month burn ban, but it might be just a temporary reprieve.

Tuesday, Commissioners’ Court allowed the bun ban to lapse, citing growing trash and brush piles and an approaching frost as the main reasons.

The move came despite the Keetch-Byram Drought Index rising to an average of 647 across the county this week. A burn ban is usually initiated when the index reaches 575.

Pct. 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney acknowledged there was a danger

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Nov

01

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : November 1, 2011

County Beat

By Michael V. Hannigan

ATHENS – The burn ban continues.

Henderson County Commissioners’ Court decided against lifting the burn ban Tuesday when a motion by Pct. 3 Commissioner Ronny Lawrence to end the ban died for a lack of a second.

The ban has been in effect continuously since April.

Henderson County Fire Marshal Darrell Furrh told commissioners the Keetch-Byram Drought Index had gone up over the past week

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