Burn ban lifted with change in weather; legal fireworks okay for New Year

Because of recent rainfall and higher humidity, Hood County Judge Darrell Cockerham lifted the burn ban that had been put in place on Dec. 11, Fire Marshal Brian Fine announced on Friday (Dec. 28). That also erases the temporary ban of fireworks with “sticks and fins” that were going to be off limits for use during the upcoming New Year’s celebrations if the burn ban had remained in place. Fine said that drought index numbers for Hood County have dropped by more than 100 points since rain fell on Christmas morning. “With the (National Weather Service) predicting more rain and minimal wind, the fire danger is going to be low for the next 7-10 days,” Fine said. “If conditions change, we can ask for a ban to be put back in place.”