Drought conditions prompt county burn ban

Published on June 29, 2022

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The Tarrant County Commissioners Court approved an outdoor burning ban Tuesday for Tarrant County. All outdoor burning is prohibited in Tarrant County for the next 90 days.

The severe drought conditions prompted Tarrant County Fire Marshal Randy Renois to request the ban on outdoor burning to protect lives and properties of Tarrant County residents. The Texas A&M Forest Service supports the request for an outdoor burning ban.

A violation of the court order prohibiting outdoor burning is a Class C misdemeanor with a fine up to $500.

Renois encouraged residents to attend fireworks shows that are being held all over Tarrant County this July Fourth weekend and not to personally use fireworks amid ongoing drought conditions.

For residents in rural areas, Renois recommends keeping an area of approximately 30 feet mowed around homes and outbuildings to prevent a fire from reaching those structures. Residents should also remove unwanted combustible debris and vegetation away from their homes and be sure to keep water hoses accessible in the event a small fire starts.

View information on outdoor cooking and outdoor welding guidelines.



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