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Burn ban lifted in Taylor County

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ABILENE, Texas - County commissioners have lifted the burn ban in Taylor County.

The ban was implemented Feb. 7 because of dry conditions that are perfect for grass fires/wildfires . It was lifted because of "adequate precipitation" over the past two days.

As of 5 p.m., Abilene Regional Airport reported a total of 1.15 inches of rain over the past two days and 3.01 inches since the ban was implemented.

The Abilene Fire Department reports an average of 4.02 inches of rain at the city's eight fire stations since Feb. 7.

Taylor County Judge Downing Bolls issued the following statement:

"Although I do not encourage burning at this time unless it is essential, I do caution all citizens of Taylor County to exercise great caution with outdoor burning and to assume responsibility to contact your local fire chief and have safeguards in place before attempting any burn. Any citizens who chooses to conduct a burn is liable for any and all damages as a result of that burn."

AFD reminds everyone that it is illegal to open burn within the Abilene city limits without a permit.

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