Due to the dry conditions across the North Texas region, the Tarrant County Commissioners Court has issued a burn ban effective Dec. 12 for the next 90 days.
Tarrant County Fire Marshal Randy Renois said the Texas Forest Service has determined that drought conditions exist in unincorporated areas of Tarrant County, and the burn ban is in place to “protect lives and properties of the residents in Tarrant County.”
The lack of rain over the last several months has resulted in dry conditions for this winter’s grass. Add in the gusty winds that often occur at this time of year and fire officials say the threat of wildfires increases.
A violation of the burn ban is a Class C Misdemeanor and punishable by a fine of up to $500.
Fire officials encourage residents to remove unwanted debris and vegetation from around houses and to keep water hoses readily accessible in the event of a small fire. Residents in rural areas are encouraged to keep an area approximately 30 feet from homes and other structures mowed to reduce the likelihood of fire reaching structures.