Burn Ban In Effect

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August 26, 2019

Burn Ban in effect for Gillespie County! Effective Monday, August 26, 2019

Gillespie County was placed under a Burn Ban effective Monday, August 26, 2019, by the Gillespie County Commissioners Court.

On Monday, August 26, 2019, the Gillespie County Commissioners Court declared that circumstances present in all or part of the unincorporated area of Gillespie County create a public safety hazard that would be exacerbated by outdoor burning.

The Gillespie County Commissioners Court issued an Order effective immediately, which prohibits any open burning in the unincorporated areas of Gillespie County except the burning of combustible material in approved enclosures, such as trash barrels and charcoal grills which are designed to contain all flames and embers. County Judge Mark Stroeher advised that the Order does not apply to outdoor burning activities related to public health and safety that are authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for (1) firefighter training, (2) public utility, natural gas pipeline, or mining operations, (3) planting or harvesting of agricultural crops, or (4) burns that are conducted by a prescribed burn manager certified under Section 153.048, Natural Resources Code, and meet the standards of Section 153.047, Natural Resources Code.

Due to hot and dry conditions, and the lack of significant rainfall, all persons are advised that an open burning is extremely likely to cause very dangerous wildfire, posing risks to lives and property. Local fire department officials, the National Weather Service and Texas Forest Service personnel advise that there is no present forecast for improving conditions.

The Order signed by Judge Stroeher provides that a violation of the Order shall constitute a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500.

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