Just hours after Love County enacted a burn ban, a controlled burn went wild, scorching 14.5 acres in Thackerville.
Love County assistant emergency manager David Bond said the fire started on private property where a resident was clearing brush by burning it. High winds spread the fire, causing multiple grass fires off Interstate 35, near the Thackerville exit. The fire was reported around 2:45 p.m. The burn ban went into effect at 1:30 p.m.
“It was moving fast, headed toward an elementary school, a business and the highway,” Bond said. “We sent out an all-page and we had nine fire departments respond.”
The ban will stay in place until Dec. 19. Love County commissioner Linda Hyman said if conditions persist, the county will most likely extend the ban again. Carter County enacted a burn ban on Monday.
“With the continued high winds and the dry conditions, I didn’t want to take anymore chances,” Hyman said.
Hyman said she met with Love County fire chiefs and emergency management, and even discussed the decision with Carter County officials before enacting the ban.
“The consensus was to go ahead with the ban to make people aware and for safety reasons,” Hyman said. “People don’t always realize that, when it’s windy, a controlled burn can really get away from them.”
Agriculture producers can light controlled burns if they alert the county 72 hours in advance and receive permission. Even with those precautions in place, Hyman said people still need to use their best judgment.
“If your yard is dry, and the field next door is dry and the wind is blowing at 25 or 30 miles per hour, please don’t burn anything,” Hyman said.
The Love County Fire Department will continue to give out live updates on the burn ban on their Facebook page.