Palo Pinto County enacts burn ban

The Palo Pinto County Commissioners Court enacted a burn ban for that county at their Monday meeting.

All outdoor burning is banned in Palo Pinto County for 90 days from July 18, unless these restrictions are modified or terminated based on a determination made by the court.

The order does not prohibit outdoor burning activities related to public health and safety that are authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for firefighting training; public utility, natural gas pipeline or mining operations; planting or harvesting of agricultural crops; or burns that are conducted by a prescribed bum manager certified under Section 153.048, Natural Resources Code and meet the standards of Section 153.047, Natural Resources Code.

The order also does not prohibit outdoor burning activities as follows: outdoor burning when used solely for recreational and noncommercial preparation of food or exclusively as a means to provide warmth in cold weather (e.g.: campfires and cooking fires) and outdoor cooking on gas fired or charcoal grills.

The order does prohibit the burning of brush/tree piles when clearing land and the use of aerial luminaries, known as “Sky Lanterns, KongMing Lanterns or Chinese Lanterns.”

A violation of the order is a Class “C” misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.

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