Monday, Palo Pinto County commissioners re-instated a 90-day burn ban.
“The (fire) chiefs’ big concern is using drinking water to fight fires,” Larry O’Neil, acting county fire marshal, told commissioners. “The chiefs want it back on.”
While parts of the county have received significant amounts of rain over the past few weeks, some areas are much drier, particularly around and south of Possum Kingdom Lake, the court was told.
It was a unanimous vote to reinstate the ban.
The order prohibits the burning of brush/tree piles when clearing land, trash, yard debris or any other activities not specified as permitted. In addition, the order prohibits the use and launching of sky lanterns and any form of aerial luminaries.
The order does not prohibit outdoor burning activities 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.
Outdoor burning activities related to public health and safety that are authorized by the Texas Natural Resources Commission for fire-fighting training; public utility, natural gas pipeline or mining operations; planting or harvesting of agricultural crops; or burns that are conducted by a certified prescribed burn manager are not affected.
A violation is a Class “C” misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.