Wichita Co. Commissioners Decide to Keep Burn Ban

Wichita Co. Commissioners Decide to Keep Burn Ban

County officials say they recommended the burn ban stay in tact because they don't want to waste the county's diminishing water supply.
    Though several Texoma counties have decided to lift their burn bans because of help from recent rains, Wichita County Commissioners say at this time, they won't lift their ban.
    That was decided at this morning's commissioners meeting.
    To get to that decision, county leaders asked fire chiefs of the county's nine volunteer fire departments if they thought the county still needed the burn ban.
    Five of the nine chiefs responded, and they all said yes.
    One of their main concerns was the county's decreasing water supply.
    Lee Bourgoin, Wichita County emergency manager, says, "With the drought the way that it is and the lake levels being so low, you can use 20-thousand or 100-thousand gallons of water fighting a fire that's not really that big.  It goes very quickly."
    Commissioners also say welding hasn't caused a single fire in the county, so they say it looks like the precautions associated with the ban are working.
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