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KAUFMAN COUNTY FIRE MARSHALL'S PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
From: Kaufman County Fire Marshal’s Office
Subject: Burn Ban In Effect
Date: July 3, 2018
This morning, the Kaufman County Commissioner’s Court ordered that all outdoor burning is banned in the unincorporated area of the County for 45 days beginning July 3, 2018, unless the restrictions are terminated earlier based on a determination made by the Texas Forest Service or this Court.
Today’s drought index for Kaufman County is 614, and has been increasing an average of 9 points daily.
The Keetch-Byram Index scale goes from 0 – 800, with 800 being the worst drought possible. The Drought Index can be viewed online at: www.tamu.edu/ticc/predictive_services/drought.htm
The Kaufman County Burn Ban includes ALL outdoor burning, including the burning of household trash in a barrel. A violation of the Burn Ban is a Class “C” misdemeanor and is punishable by fines up to $500.00.
There have already been numerous grass fires in Kaufman County over the past several weeks, with several large fires exceeding 75 acres in size. These fires have threatened numerous homes and several homes sustained some fire damage before being extinguished by local Fire Departments.
In addition to receiving a fine of up to $500.00 for a burn ban violation, a person commits a State Jail Felony offense if that person starts a fire, and that fire damages or destroys a building belonging to another person, or causes another person to suffer bodily injury or death, including bodily injury or death of a firefighter.
The Kaufman County Fire Marshal’s Office encourages everyone to subscribe to a trash pickup service. There are several companies that offer this service throughout the county. The trash pickup service is a much safer alternative to burning and is much cheaper than the fines from a citation, or worse yet, the loss of property or injury to a person from an out of control fire.
Per Ordinance 4-09, Fireworks are prohibited within the City of Oak Ridge.
City of Oak Ridge
8450 N. State Highway 34
Oak Ridge, 75161.
Phone: (972) 551-0343
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