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BURNET — A burn ban remains in effect for rural Burnet County despite the heavy rainfall this past weekend.

The county commissioners continued the ban during their meeting Oct. 11.

Though 1-5 inches of rain drenched the county early Oct. 9, the area remains in the grip of the worst single-year drought since 1895, officials said.

“We are still in bad shape,” said Herb Darling, the county Environmental Services and Flood Plain director.

However, commissioners did remove some restrictions from the ban.

Welding, cutting torches and grinders are now allowed, as well as burning household garbage in a covered container; fires for cooking, ceremony or warmth; and the burning of prickly pear cactus for livestock consumption, Darling said.