County issues 90-day burn ban

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Wise County commissioners Tuesday approved a full, 90-day burn ban, effective immediately.
The action was taken at the recommendation of the county fire marshal’s office.
All outdoor burning is prohibited. Violating the ban is a Class C misdemeanor and punishable by a fine up to $500.
Sheriff Lane Akin said his officers will have a zero tolerance policy when investigating burn ban violations.
The previous 90-day ban was effective only on Red Flag days or high fire danger days as designated by the National Weather Service.
“A lot of times that works, but we just need a flat out ban,” said County Judge J.D. Clark. “Despite what some people would like to say and promote, our burn ban, when it says no spark or flame outdoors, includes fireworks. And that will stand up in court I’m sure, if it’s challenged.”
Under the new burn ban, there are specific rules for outdoor cooking and welding. Go to www.co.wise.tx.us and click on the Burn Ban link at the top of the page for those guidelines.
“We urge all residents of Wise County to help us during this time,” Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty said in a press release. “For our residents in rural areas, we strongly suggest you make sure to keep an area of about 30 feet mowed around your home and out buildings to prevent a fire from reaching your structures. We encourage all Wise County residents to be safe.”

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One Response to “County issues 90-day burn ban”

  1. says:

    What are the outdoor cooking and welding rules? The site you reference is not up to date and has broken links.


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