Late this afternoon, Tarrant County Officials approved an outdoor burn ban that will be in effect for the next ninety (90) days.
An outdoor burn ban means the county is under imminent threat of severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from the threat of wildfire due to the dry grass conditions and gusty winds that can occur. All outdoor burning in Tarrant County is prohibited
Fire Chief Mike Starr says, “We want to remind our citizens to use caution during the outdoor burn ban. Using open fire pits is not allowed, however, outdoor cooking grills can be used as long as the grill has a cover.” Residents needing additional information can contact the Fire Marshal’s office at (817) 748-8106.
A violation of the Court Order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning is a class C Misdemeanor and punishable of a fine up to $500.00.
For information on outdoor cooking and outdoor welding guidelines, you can go to www.tarrantcounty.com and click on the Burn Ban link on the right side of the page.
For our residents in the rural areas, we strongly suggest that you make sure you keep about 30 feet of mowed area around your home and any other buildings on your property, to help prevent a fire from reaching your structures.