Rain Allows Lifting of Burning Ban

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Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer

A Clay County outdoor burn ban imposed Jan. 27 has been lifted after county officials determined that rainfall had improved drought conditions.

However, the county manager and public safety director have the authority to reinstate the ban at any time.

As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, it was legal again for people to burn yard trash on their own property after a couple of days of moderate rainfall, said Clay County Fire Rescue Lt. Bernita Bush.

"According to the National Weather Service, approximately 1 inch of rain was received by most of Clay County last weekend, causing the Keetch-Byram Drought Index to drop almost 200 points, from 512 to 318," said Bush, referring to an index used to determine an area's vulnerability to wildfires.

"This is an average for the entire county, and the southernmost portion of Clay County still remains significantly above the average," Bush said. …