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County’s burn ban lifted

Medina County Emergency Services Coordinator Keith Lutz announced Friday evening that the county’s ban on outdoor burning had been lifted, just short of the proscribed end of the ban on Nov. 13. He said Tuesday that there is no recommendation at this time to reinstate the ban.

Lutz said those planning a controlled burn should carefully weigh several considerations, among those, humidity and wind speed. Although rainfall in excess of two inches fell over most of the county last week, dry vegetation and other fuel remains to ignite dangerous blazes. As weather fronts blow through, drying out the area, humidity drops, adding to dry conditions.

Fires should not be started when the wind is in excess of 10 mph, Lutz continued. All state laws restricting outdoor burning must continue to be followed as well.

Advance notice of time and location should be given to the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, 830-741-6153. This will ensure the fire department will not be dispatched unnecessarily, wasting valuable resources and volunteers’ time.


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