Tarrant County officials joined other North Texas communities this week in issuing a burn ban for all cities in the county, starting Aug. 18 and continuing for 90 days.
“All outdoor burning is prohibited and could be punishable by a fine of up to $2,000,” said Mansfield Fire Marshal Clay Cawood. “Despite the rains in the spring, we are seeing extremely dry conditions throughout the county. This is especially true in unincorporated areas and those with less dense development.”
Residents who want to use outdoor grills may do so but are asked to follow these guidelines :
- If possible use a gas grill for outdoor cooking and keep flames covered during operation.
- If using a charcoal or wood-burning grill or smoker, place the grill on a concrete, gravel or dirt surface at least 10 feet from any combustible materials and keep grill covered during use.
- Be sure to have a water source (bucket of water or garden hose) nearby in case of emergencies.
Residents in rural areas are urged to keep an area approximately 10 feet around their homes mowed to prevent fire from reaching structures.
For more information on the burn ban, contact the Mansfield Fire Department at 817-276-4790 or the Tarrant County Fire Marshal’s office at [email protected] .