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Commissioners explain burn ban

The Parmer County Commissioners Court met in regular session on Monday, March 13 at the County Courthouse in Farwell to discuss a short agenda and further explain the current burn ban.

Sheriff Randy Geries asked for a clarification to the conditions of the current burn ban.

The Commissioners voted on February 27 to extend the burn ban until May 22, 2017 at which time they will reassess the situation.

The one exception to the ban is that if someone wants to burn they must abide by the following: if the wind is less than 10 miles per hour and they must call the Sheriff’s Office or and the local fire department.

If someone does not abide by these mandates they are in violation of the burn ban and will be issued a citation. If they are given permission to burn they may still be liable for damages if the fire gets away from them.

If you are planning to burn remember to call the Sheriff’s Office (806) 481-3303 and the fire department in your area. The fire departments in Parmer County are as follows: Friona Volunteer Fire Department-(806) 250-2711; Bovina Volunteer Fire Department-day (806) 251-1116 or night (806) 251-1212; Rhea Community Volunteer Fire Department-Chief Monty Schueler (806) 265-5337; Lazbuddie Volunteer Fire Department-Chief Kasey Whatley (806) 647-8320; or Farwell Volunteer Fire Department-Chief Daniel Kaltwasser (575) 799-3439. The next Commissioners meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 27 at 10 a.m. in the County Courtroom in Farwell.