County, city burn bans lifted after heavy rains
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
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Mirror Photo / Suzanne Patterson<br>
WELCOME RAIN contributed to several accidents around Upshur County Friday. This  one occurred around noon at the intersection of Hwy. 154 and U.S. 271 in Gilmer. Hwy. 154 West was blocked for about 25 minutes. The white Texas Forest Service truck collided with the blue truck. The blue truck’s driver, Toney Putman, was taken to East Texas Medical Center Gilmer by  ETMC EMS.
Mirror Photo / Suzanne Patterson
WELCOME RAIN contributed to several accidents around Upshur County Friday. This one occurred around noon at the intersection of Hwy. 154 and U.S. 271 in Gilmer. Hwy. 154 West was blocked for about 25 minutes. The white Texas Forest Service truck collided with the blue truck. The blue truck’s driver, Toney Putman, was taken to East Texas Medical Center Gilmer by ETMC EMS.
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After heavy rains last Friday, Upshur County and the City of Gilmer lifted their bans on outdoor burning, which had been imposed due to dry conditions.

County Judge Dean Fowler announced Friday afternoon he had lifted the county’s rural ban effective immediately. A spokeswoman for the city of Gilmer said Monday its ban has also been dropped.

Fowler said he lifted the rural restriction after conferring with chiefs of some fire departments in the county.

Noting that the Upshur County Commissioners Court, which recently extended the ban after Fowler imposed it Aug. 9, is not scheduled to meet again until Sept. 30, the judge said lifting the ban could give residents a “very small window” of time to burn trash and debris accumulated over the past few weeks.
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