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210th Texas County Issues Burn Ban

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Denton County joins Dallas, Collin and Tarrant counties issuing a burn ban. This grass fire occurred on July 4 in Fort Worth. | Image by Glen E. Ellman/Fort Worth Fire Department

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Denton County authorities issued a burn ban effective beginning Wednesday due to dry conditions and the threat of wildfires.

Judge Andy Eads “instated a Local Disaster Declaration for Threat of Wildland Fires Due to Dry Conditions in Denton County.” In the interest of fire safety and prevention, the judge is asking all Denton County residents to cooperate concerning outdoor burning.

“High temperatures, high winds, low humidity, and dead/dormant vegetation have contributed to the risk of large and destructive wildfires,” the announcement explained. Homes, property, and lives are at risk. Denton County has experienced several wildfires this season that have burned multiple acres.

The ban prohibits all outdoor burning and restricts outdoor hot works such as welding and cutting torch operations. The ban also limits the use of certain combustible materials.

“Prevention of potential wildland fires is essential to the safety of County residents. Wildfires can be devastating and difficult on everyone, especially farmers and ranchers,” said County Judge Eads. “Wildfires can destroy not only lives and property but livelihood as well. With everyone’s help, we can make our communities a safer place to live and enjoy life.”

Denton County Emergency Services Chief Brad Sebastian urged residents to take protective measures by removing unwanted combustible debris and vegetation around their homes. Sebastian added that residents should make water hoses ready and accessible in the event of a small fire.

“Always call 911 early to notify your fire department of any fire to assure a faster response and that complete extinguishment has occurred,” said Sebastian.

The county is now the 210th of 254 counties in Texas to issue a burn ban amidst current dry conditions. County authorities revealed that Denton is not expecting any chance of relief in the immediate future, even as temperatures continue to rise.

The U.S. Drought Monitor Map has classified Denton’s present weather condition as “moderate drought.” The county has also seen an increase in the occurrence of wildfires.

Authorities said the ban would be in effect until drought conditions are alleviated in the county. A ban violation will result in a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine not exceeding $500.

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