T.J. Slay refills the water tank on Graford VFD s brush truck Sunday at the Union Hill Road fire. Slay manned a hose while Mike Smith drove through the
T.J. Slay refills the water tank on Graford VFD s brush truck Sunday at the Union Hill Road fire. Slay manned a hose while Mike Smith drove through the area looking for hot spots.
Monday, Palo Pinto County commissioners re-instated a 90-day burn ban. "The fire departments I talked to want it back on," said Pinto County Fire Marshal Buddy Harwell. "My recommendation, we go back to it." Outdoor burning activities related to public health and safety that are authorized by the Texas Natural Resources Commission for fire-fighting training; public utility, natural gas pipeline or mining operations; planting or harvesting of agricultural crops; or burns that are conducted by a certified prescribed burn manager are not affected. The order does not prohibit outdoor burning activities when used solely for recreational and noncommercial preparation of food or exclusively as a means to provide warmth in cold weather (e.g.
Traci Brockway and Seth Jacobson are among those from the Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department who responded the Union Hill Road fire Sunday afternoon.
Traci Brockway and Seth Jacobson are among those from the Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department who responded the Union Hill Road fire Sunday afternoon. (Mark Engebretson)
: campfires and cooking fires) and outdoor cooking on gas fired or charcoal grills. The order prohibits the burning of brush/tree piles when clearing land, trash, yard debris or any other activities not specified as permitted. A violation is a Class "C" misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $500. Sunday a controlled burn started a number of small fires along Union Hill Road north of Mineral Wells, Harwell confirmed. He said there were spots scattered over a large area that for a total of 19 acres. The Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department responded first to the location. On-scene commander Lynn Reasoner requested assistance from Graford and Lone Camp VFDs. Firefighters found hot spots in heavy brush and timber areas, making it difficult to access those locations.

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Graford and Lone Camp bulldozers cleared breaks around the area.