After 4-plus-inch rain, county lifts burn ban
Gillespie County Judge Mark Stroeher has issued a notice, as of 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, that the burn ban for Gillespie County has been lifted.
The action to lift the burn ban came after consultation with County Fire Marshal Steve Olfers, who said the chiefs of the rural fire departments in the county were in agreement that the amount of recent rainfall, combined with the forecast for higher humidity, the possibility of some additional rain, and more stable conditions for the coming weekend, present a good opportunity for people to take care of some of the burning that needs to be done.
Judge Stroeher advised that even though the county is in drought conditions, with a significant potential for wildfires, the Commissioners Court, along with the fire departments in the county, want to work with the general public to accomplish some necessary burning while conditions are more favorable. Everyone is advised to use extreme caution when burning.
Before burning, citizens should notify the Fredericksburg Fire Department at 830-997-5603.
Excessive rain which caused flooding on Monday has closed a bridge on Old San Antonio Road in Gillespie County, according to Dennis Neffendorf, County Commissioner, precinct 3.
The bridge, located at the Barons Creek crossing, suffered a deep cavity, measuring 14 inches by 10 inches by 8 inches.
Damage was also done to the guardrails.
Neffendorf estimates the bridge will be closed for three to four days.
Drivers are asked to use alternative routes on either Meusebach Creek Road to U.S. 87 South or Cain City Road to U.S. 290 East.