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Good reason for burn bans

Postby Wilberforce » Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:18 pm

Good reason for burn bans
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Re: Good reason for burn bans

Postby Theodosia15 » Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:31 am

As drivers reach the McMullen County line, they will notice something new attached to the sign. At the bottom is an additional sign that reads “Burn ban in effect.” This is the first time in county history that officials have ever placed a burn ban on the county.

McMullen County Judge James E. Teal explained that there are a couple of reasons that the burn ban is being put in place this year.

“We haven’t had any substantial rain since October,” he said. “The governor also placed a statewide fire proclamation.”

The county commissioners court adopted the burn ban order on May 9 in compliance with the declaration of disaster in Texas.

The order will last 60 days and at that time will be re-examined by the commissioners court. If substantial rain does not fall within the 60 days, Teal said that the burn ban would remain in effect.

According to the ban, the following actions are still permitted:

• Ranchers shall still be allowed to burn pear for their cattle;

• Burning of dead animal carcasses is permitted provided a notification is made to the sheriff’s department prior to burning;

• Citizens shall be allowed to burn household rubbish. Barrels must be covered with wire to keep embers from blowing.

• All fires for the above actions permitted must be attended to for the duration of the fire or burn.

Teal praised his county and its citizens for following the rules of the ban.

“The citizens have been very good about calling in any kinds of burns that they are going to do,” he said.

Despite the fact that citizens are following the rules, fires are still happening.

Read more: mySouTex.com - McMullen County puts first burn ban in effect
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