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WC Extends Burn Bans and Allows Fireworks Use with Restrictions

Wichita County Commissioners voted to allow residents to ring in the new year with a bang but restrictions do apply.
Wichita County Commissioners voted to allow residents to ring in the new year with a bang but restrictions do apply.

The county's burn ban has been in place since May and today, commissioners decided to extend it indefinitely.

But despite that move, Judge Woody Gossom says fireworks will be allowed in the county in time for New Year's celebrations.

And he says the same fireworks restrictions from this summer will remain in effect for the first of the year, which is why commissioners voted to extend the disaster declaration indefinitely.

"There's plenty of  fuel on the ground but the driving force is the stage four water conditions.  We do not need to be wasting water on fires that should not have happened," says Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom.

Judge Gossom says on the day fireworks sales start for New Year's celebrations he plans to submit a 60 hour prohibition to Governor Rick Perry to restrict the use of fireworks.

The list of fireworks restrictions will be on the county's website in the next few days.

In the mean time, here is a story from this past summer with those restrictions on it: http://www.texomashomepage.com/story/wc-residents-sound-comment-on-fireworks-guidelines/d/story/Y1CIWj1SykaJgR_DwJTdHw
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