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Burn Ban In Effect For Tyler County

Tyler County Booster

The Texas Forest Service has determined that conditions in Tyler County are, according to the U. S. Drought Monitor, “abnormally dry” creating a Fuel Dryness of “extremely dry.” After reviewing the Texas Forest Service information, the Commissioners Court of Tyler County determined that circumstances present in all or part of the unincorporated area of the county create a public safety hazard that would be exacerbated by outdoor burning. Therefore, the Commissioners Court adopted an order prohibiting outdoor burning for 30 days, or until the Texas forest Service determines that conditions have improved enough to suspend or lift the ban, beginning at 1 p.m. on October 7, 2010. This order does not prohibit outdoor burning activities related to public health and safety that are authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for: (1) fire-fighter 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. In accordance with Local Government Code §352.081 (h), a violation of C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00.

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