Denton County Issues Mandatory Burn Ban
THIS BURN BAN DOES NOT INCLUDE RESTRICTIONS ON 1.4G
RECREATIONAL (PERSONAL) USE OF FIREWORKS DUE TO TIMING AND STATE STATUTORY
LIMITATIONS, BUT THEY ARE HIGHLY DISCOURAGED.
PROFESSIONAL FIREWORKS SHOWS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS BAN
AND ARE PERMITTED INDIVIDUALLY. THESE TYPE SHOWS HAVE ON-SITE FIRE DEPARTMENT
Denton County Judge May Horn today instated a Local Disaster
Declaration for Threat of Wildland Fires Due to Dry Conditions in Denton County
effective July 3, 2018. This Bum Ban does not include restrictions on fireworks
due to time and state statutory limitations.
Denton County Judge Mary Horn, in the interest of fire
safety and fire prevention, is asking for the cooperation of all Denton County
residents with respect to outdoor burning. High winds, low humidity, and
dead/dormant vegetation have contributed to the risk of large and destructive
wildfires. At risk are homes, valuable property, and lives. Denton County has
experienced an increase in wildfires this season with several burning multiple
Denton County is experiencing dry weather with little chance
for relief in the immediate future. Denton County is currently classified in
moderate drought conditions according to the U.S. Drought Monitor Map and has
seen a significant increase in frequency of wildfires. The Denton County
burning ban will continue until drought conditions are alleviated. The
mandatory Bum Ban will eliminate all outdoor bunting, include restrictions on
outdoor hot work (welding and cutting torch operations), and the use of certain
combustible materials. Violation of the County Judge Executive ordered burn-ban
is a class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00.
County Judge Mary Horn stated, "Prevention of potential
wildland fires is essential to the safe, of County residents. Wildfires can be
devastating and difficult on everyone. especially farmers and ranchers:
wildfires can destroy not only lives and property, but livelihood as well. With
everyone's help we can make our communities a safer place to live and enjoy
Denton County Emergency Services Chief Jody Gonzalez stated,
"Citizens should take measures to protect their home by removing unwanted
combustible debris and vegetation away from their homes and be sure to keep
water hoses ready accessible in the event a small fire starts. Always call 911
early to notify your fire department of any fire to assure a faster response
and that complete extinguishment has occurred."
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