Monday, Palo Pinto County commissioners took no action to lift the current 90-day burn ban.
“The issue is, we don’t want to use drinking water to fight fires,” said County Judge David Nicklas.
Low water supplies have prompted all water providers in the county to impose water restrictions at some level.
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.