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March 18th, 2009
Burn ban back on

STAFF REPORT

The burn ban is back.

Hays County Judge Liz Sumter (D-Wimberley) today signed an emergency order reinstating the burn ban that prohibits outdoor burning, effective immediately.

The Executive Order states, “A person violates this order if he or she burns any combustible material outside of an enclosure serving to contain all flames and/or sparks; orders or requests such burning by others; or participates in such burning with others.”

The Hays County Commissioners Court will determine whether to extend the ban at its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 24, 2009.

Sumter also signed a proclamation declaring a local disaster area for Hays County due to imminent threat of severe damage, injury and/or loss of life and/or property resulting from the threat of wildfires due to drought and other weather-related conditions.

The proclamation activates the Hays County Emergency Management Plan and will allow implementation of controls meant to mitigate the hazards posed by wildfires during the current weather conditions. The full court will have the option of extending that declaration at its next meeting as well.

The burn ban was off for only five days after the county lifted a five-month-old burn ban on March 13 due to rains in the area.

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