Burn ban will continue

The burn ban in Hutchinson County will continue.During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Hutchinson County Commissioners Court voted to extend the burn ban for another 90 days.County Fire Marshal Danny Richards told the court, “We are extremely vulnerable.” This item was unanimously agreed upon and was put into effect yesterday.A burn ban was initially approved by the court in January of this year. The ban prohibits the burning of trash and any type of burning in open pits. It will not affect farmers who do agricultural burning, but does restrict other types of outdoor burning. In other business, the commissioners approved the interlocal agreement with the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission for the use of 9/11 information. The PRPC is a voluntary association of cities, counties, and special districts in the Texas Panhandle. Established in 1969, the Planning Commission assists local governments in planning, developing, and implementing programs designed to improve the general health, safety, and welfare of the citizens in the Texas Panhandle.Also at the meeting, County Extension Agent Kristy Synatschk announced that April 10-16 is National Volunteer Week. All regular agenda items such as payroll and reports were reviewed.