Stack to Stand a Bit Longer

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In a meeting Tuesday morning between county leaders and student bonfire organizers, it was determined that the bonfire stack will stay up until the burn ban for Brazos County is lifted.

One of the organizers for the off-campus effort says it is likely they will have to try again to burn down the structure.

"Cost-wise and also safety-wise, actually taking the bonfire apart would not be the best means to get rid of the stack," said Chance Robinson.

But the county will make no provisions to allow a burn before the ban expires. Right now, it will end December 6, but if drought conditions remain, the county could extend it.

"We're not allowing anyone near the stack, or obviously on the stack," Robinson said. "That's part of the concern we have with burning it as soon as possible a date."

There are limited provisions in the county's burn ban policy as to what burns can happen. Only the first provides even a remote out for burning the stack. Students would have to contract with a local fire department to burn stack for training. The option was discussed, but all-but dismissed during the meeting according to officials.

The other exemptions are with public utility, natural gas pipeline or mining operation; planning or harvesting agricultural crops; or burns conducted by a prescribed burn manager. According to Sheriff Chris Kirk, there are no certified burn managers in the entire state of Texas.

The students had hoped to continue trying to burn the stack down Saturday night, but time became an issue. "We weren't able to burn it because the fire officials on site that night, they had to go home and get some rest," Robinson said, "so we determined that putting it out and waiting until a better date would be the best option."

So barring a major change, it will be at least December when stack finally falls.