Monday, Palo Pinto County commissioners re-instated a 90-day burn ban. Less than predicted rainfall amounts over the weekend and continued drought led to the decision. "I was kind of on the fence today," Palo Pinto County Fire Marshal Buddy Harwell told commissioners. "We have two grass fires going right now." Harwell told commissioners that the fire index average for the county was 575, with the highest number at 646 on a scale of 800. The higher the number, the drier. "I'd like to ask we put it back on," he added. The order prohibits the burning of brush/tree piles when clearing land, trash, yard debris or any other activities not specified as permitted. In addition, the order prohibits the use and launching of sky lanterns and any form of aerial luminaries.