An emergency burn ban imposed by Hopkins County Judge Chris Brown has been extended for another 90 days by the county commissioners court this week.
In implementing the ban, Brown said the weather is too hot and dry for outdoor burning, with no significant rain in foreseeable weather predictions.
“It's gotten to the point where, even if you are careful, it becomes almost impossible to manage,” he said. “So, we had to go ahead and implement the burn ban.”
If the county does get appreciable rainfall before the expiration of the 90-day burn ban, the county judge is authorized to withdraw the ban, but Brown said rainfall must be adequate to restore moisture to both the soil and plants.
With temperatures beginning their decline as fall approaches and a developing weather system in the Gulf of Mexico, the area could stand a chance in the next week to 10 days of receiving rain.
But, until the rain becomes a reality, Brown said the burn ban would remain in place.
A lot of people living in rural areas of the county use burn barrels to dispose of household trash and the burn ban prohibits that.
“At the moment, we are going to ask that residents cease in doing that,” Brown said. “It takes just one little ember to get out and can cause a whole lot of damage right now.”
The burn ban, however, does not impact a lot of the outdoor cooking.
“Smokers and grills, things that are covered, are still fine,” Brown said. “But do exercise great caution right now. Stay close to them and have a ready supply of water on hand.”
A violation of the burn ban is a misdemeanor criminal offense punishable by a fine up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail.
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