The Taylor County Commissioners Court has Put Out a New Burn Ban
Even though the recent rains alleviated some of the dryness in Taylor County it was not enough to green things up where conditions would allow us to burn outdoors. When you look around all of West Texas there are still hundreds of trees, shrubs, weeds, and grass that are so dry they make great fuel for wildfires.
While most of the area fire departments are still trying to recuperate from all the recent wildfires over the spring and summer months. If we can help avoid any local fires of any kind please do so and keep an eye on your neighbor's properties to ensure we are all safe from wildfires.
The Taylor County Commissioners said NO burning of any kind in fact the exact wording is "A person commits an offense if he or she intentionally or knowingly, ignites or in any way starts a fire outdoors in any portion of the unincorporated area of Taylor County."
Commissioner Statler and the other commissioners stated "it is further ordered that this burn ban will be in effect until December 26, 2022, which is 90 days from the date of adoption of this order, unless lifted at an earlier date as determined by the Taylor County Commissioners court. The county judge may rescind this order upon a determination that the circumstances that required the order no longer exist."
The Commissioners went on to say "A clear violation of the order will be considered a 'Class-C Misdemeanor' which comes with a $500 fine upon the first offense. This order explains where, when, and how fire bans are issued." See the order above.
The last update of the general burn ban was issued earlier this month on September 6th. Furthermore, with the recent wildfires throughout West Texas, nearly all Fire Chiefs are in agreement that we must all be extra cautious when using fire anytime and anyplace indoors and out.
County Judge Downing Bolls and a couple of the County Commissioners were asked by several of the area Fire Chiefs to ask all West Texans to abstain from using fire if at all possible, even on private property.
Commissioner Statler told me that "we must all work together and do whatever it takes to keep our county safe."