Hopkins County Judge Chris Brown said this morning he has implemented a burn ban in the county prohibiting all outdoor burning.
Brown said the Texas Forest Service has determined drought conditions now exist in the county as the result of heavy plant growth, the current persistent high temperatures and lack of rainfall.
The burn ban declaration was signed by Brown this morning and will be presented to the full commissioners court on Monday.
In issuing the burn ban, the judge had a special word of caution to welders.
“During the current dry conditions and with the implementation of the disaster declaration and burn ban, we are requiring you to take additional precautionary measures so we do not interrupt your ability to provide for your families,” the judge said. “Please ensure all tall brush and weeds are kept low and a water supply is immediately available while welding at your shop. On projects away from your shop, we are asking that you inform Hopkins County Fire dispatch of your location and hours you will be on the location.”
Brown said along with a ready water supply, it is essential that a spotter be available to watch for incidental fires.
Judge Brown said the burn ban order may be rescinded once drought conditions no longer exist.
A violation of the burn ban is a class C misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of up to $500.
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