30-Day Burn Ban for Portions of Lubbock County Now in Effect
The morning of Monday, January 24th, the Lubbock County Commissioner's Court approved a 30-day burn ban for a portion of Lubbock County.
Commission Jason Corley, who represents Precinct 2, said that this ban was needed following multiple recent fires near the Yellow House Canyon. However, Tim Smith, Chief of the West Carlisle Volunteer Fire Department and President of the Lubbock County Volunteer Firefighters Association, argued against a burn ban, saying:
Burn bans don't work. It does zero to prevent fires.
KAMC News reports that the Lubbock County Emergency Management Coordinator, Clinton Thetford, had conducted a survey amongst fire department chiefs in the county concerning burn bans. Apparently, only 2 chiefs were in support of them.
Smith argued that a public awareness campaign would work better than a burn ban, but regardless would support any decision the court made.
The burn ban will not effect all of Lubbock County. The ban is only in effect for volunteer fire department service areas in Slaton, Buffalo Springs Lake, Ransom Canyon and Roosevelt within Precinct 2. Anyone that violates the burn ban could be facing a fine of up to $5000. Exceptions will be made for public health and safety as needed.