Fires and dry conditions concern Llano VFD
August 13, 2013, 6:00 pm by Lance Reaves
As the calendar has flipped to August, the conditions in Llano County are back to where they were before the surprising rainfall in July, according to Llano Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tim Harden.
"The conditions as of today are pretty bad,” he said. "All the green from the rain is gone. Even the green grass will burn when it reaches a certain temperature. We’re still going to be in trouble if it doesn’t rain this week.”
Llano County Commissioners reinstated the burn ban Monday morning, which prohibits open fires and carries a $500 maximum fine.
The fire department was called to battle four fires over the past week, Harden said, including one Monday in Rio Llano, the community in west Llano. The blaze only burned one acre but it took responders three hours to put the flames down.
"It was still legal, even under the burn ban,” Harden said. "The burn ban wouldn’t have prevented that particular fire because it was in a barrel with a screen over it.”
Harden said the owner took all the necessary precautions, such as the barrel, screen and mowing around the area.
"One little ember came out of that barrel, and that’s all it took,” he said.
For the full story, see Wednesday's Llano County Journal
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