Cameron County officials want to extend burn ban through May

Dry conditions continue in Cameron Countyt

Cameron County Emergency Management officials are asking commissioners to approve a burn ban through mid-May.

They tell Action 4 News they've responded to 24 fires already this year, several caused by illegal burning.

Emergency Manager Humberto Barrera said this is the time of year when a burn ban is most needed.

As the weather heats up, the current drought will only get worse, he added.

Rain levels this year are estimated to be about six inches lower than the record lows.

"It's windy, it's dry, we're in severe drought and there's a shortage of water, Barrera said. God forbid there's a big fire out in the county somewhere, where there's no fire hydrants - that does expand a lot of resources. The fire departments have to carry the water to the location, so (the ban) is just a preventative measure."

If approved, the burn ban would go into effect April 12 through May 11th.