Harris County passes burn ban for rural areas

April 19, 2011 3:13:53 PM PDT
Harris County commissioners have passed a burn ban for rural areas. The fire marshal requested that ban as the wildfire danger in Texas is higher than ever. The ban was approved this morning by commissioners. That means outdoor burning would be prohibited for the next 90 days. Under the ban, it would be acceptable to burn items in burn barrels or containers with covers.

The Harris County Commissioners court approved these burn bans on a regular basis whenever the fire marshals request them because they want to keep Harris County residents safe.

We have seen in the last couple of weeks in West Texas and throughout our area as well. Those images of burning ambers certainly are something that commissioners do not want to see in our area.

Today's vote may not be a surprising move but it is definitely one that is needed.

"It doesn't appear to be getting any better and with commissioner's court meeting every two weeks we felt that it was time to re-institute the burn ban," said Judge Ed Emmett. "We had it in earlier and we had some rain and we took it off. It was time to put it back. There is no rain in the forecast anytime soon."

If you violate the burn ban, you could be fined up to $500.

Harris County has become the 67th county in the state with a burn ban in effect.

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