TYLER (KYTX) - Smith County lifts its burn ban, less than a week after heavy rains that ended up flooding part of the area.
This morning commissioners voted unanimously to allow outdoor burning again.
They said the county's drought index has fallen far enough for the danger to be greatly reduced.
Smith County Fire Marshal Jim Seaton urges extreme caution as citizens resume burning household trash and other unrestricted items.
"Watch for heavy winds, make sure they have plenty of water on hand if they're going to burn and make sure they monitor their fires. Those are the big issues," says Judge Joel Baker, Smith County Judge.
"We are excited to lift the burn ban today and I certainly hope we continue to see more rain in the near future."
The burn ban being lifted means people caught burning outdoors will no longer be ticketed.
The KDBI (drought index) is now below 300; down from the 700+ points last week.
The county was still issuing tickets following the rain through the weekend