In voting Monday to lift the burn ban, Brown County Commissioners acknowledged a fact that is well-known by anyone who has lived in Texas for some length of time.The weather is fickle.

When the burn ban was instituted about a month ago, conditions were prime for grass fires. The land was dry, and hot southerly winds were blowing constantly. A spark from a train wheel, a welding site or even a discarded cigarette was a threat to burn hundreds of acres of property. Indeed, one major grass fire was fought in Brown County during June, and several others were beaten back in Coleman and McCulloch counties.

Several good rains, spotty as they may have been, eased what had been very dangerous conditions. The commissioners court responded by lifting the burn ban, but members pointed out that it could be a temporary situation. If dry weather persists, and thatís always a possibility during hot Texas summers, the ban may have to be instituted soon. In the meantime, careful use of any equipment that generates sparks and of any sources of fire are crucial to the safety of life and property.

Brownwood Bulletin