Due to the dry conditions and scarce rainfall across Atascosa County this summer, Atascosa County Fire Marshal Roger Garcia was granted permission during Monday morning’s Commissioners Court meeting to activate a 90 day countywide burn ban.
“The fires have picked up, the rain has dropped off. Saturday’s rain was a fluke. I was praying for rain, but that didn’t happen,” said Garcia. “It’s time to kick in the burn ban so we don’t have to worry about wasting anymore of our water resources.”
Gillespie, Pct. 1, asked why most fire marshals opt for a 90-day burn ban and nothing shorter.
“Could we not go 30 or 60 days, or even say until further notice?” Gillespie asked.
Garcia said 90 days gives the county a larger window to protect the county’s land. If he were to say “until further notice” and they never come back to discussion, it would be forgotten. He also said he can come back one month before the ban is lifted and extend it if the conditions are still really bad.
“Likewise, we are still in hurricane season. If we get enough rainfall before the 90 days are up, I can lift the ban,” said Garcia.
The 90 day burn ban goes in effect today, August 28. For more information on rules for properly burning during the burn ban, please contact the Atascosa County Fire Marshal’s office at 830- 769-2029. You can also visit the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) website at www.tceq.texas.gov for more information. Follow the Atascos County Fire Marshal’s Office Facebook page for updates.