Fire danger may require burn ban implementation

Burnet County commissioners may be forced to reconsider a burn ban after a number of grass and brush fires consumed several dozen acres of pastureland during the weekend.
As many as 10 agencies were called out to fight a brush fire off Texas 29 near Cassie, about nine miles west of Burnet, at about 11 a.m. Friday, May 12. Wind gusts were making it difficult to get the fire under control, and though no people were reported to be in danger, at least 20 to 30 acres were burned.
The fire flared back up on Saturday, May 13, and had to be extinguished. Cassie Volunteer Fire Department was the main responder on the scene during the weekend, along with units from Burnet, Oakalla, East Lake Buchanan, Hoover Valley and others.
Later Friday, May 12, there was a report of a grass fire off Texas 29 in the opposite end of the county near Bertram, which had Bertram Volunteer Fire Department and other agencies working together to combat the flames.
Still later Friday, there was a report of hay bales on fire off County Road 200 and another fire near County Road 221, both in the northeast end of the county.
On Monday, there was a grass fire near County Road 340 which appeared to start from a blown transformer, which set off heavy brush. Marble Falls and Granite Shoals firefighters were battling this blaze.
Commissioners are scheduled to meet again at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, and are expected to consider the burn ban at their meeting.

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