Marion County, Panola Counties burn bans rescinded following steady rainfall

Marion County officials rescinded the countywide burn ban today after Judge Leward J. LaFleur said the Texas A&M Forest Service’s forecast fire danger report was favorable.

“The forestry service puts out an index, and when the drought season comes in, they usually do that once a week. So they changed this morning, and all 254 counties in Texas got a significant amount of rain in the last 24 hours, so that’s a good thing,” he said.

Because we’ve had so much rain so quickly, localized flooding and tree damage are becoming an issue.

“The problem that we’re having now is that we got too much in too little time, so we’re having some road issues and trees are falling over; and the typical, it hasn’t rained in six months, and everybody has forgotten how to drive in it. Overall, everything is looking pretty good.”

LaFleur noted with extremely wet roads and more rainfall in the forecast, everyone should slow down when driving.

Panola County Judge David Anderson also rescinded the burn ban for that county early on Monday morning.