Newton County Judge Ronnie Cochran said, "After much discussion with the Forest Service, area fire departments, and the National Weather Service the County-wide burn ban will stay in place. Some areas of Newton County received rain, but the rainfall was minimal from about Mid County to North County. We are still classified as severe drought, and very high fire dangers still persist. So please be patient, as soon as conditions are favorable I will lift the burn ban".
Chanel 12 Meteorologist Kerry Cooper said, "There have been NO improvements in the drought across Southeast Texas as shown below, exceptional levels continue".
However, Tyler County Judge Milton Powers announced today the lifting of the Burn Ban that has been in effect for Tyler County. Powers noted, "Recent rainfall and a reduction in the fire danger index have contributed to the decision to lift the burn ban as well as consulting with weather and fire officials". While the ban has been lifted, Judge Powers urges residents to exercise caution, follow responsible burning practices, and monitor the fire continuously. Powers continued, "The east side of the county is drier than the west side. Everyone use caution and be ready to extinguish your fire immediately if it begins to spread out of control. Drought conditions will continue to be monitored daily".
Jasper County Judge Mark Allen said this evening, "We are still under a burn ban. Our drought index is still way too high. We will reassess again next week in Commissioners Court regarding whether to extend or allow it to expire".