June 27, 2006

Burn Ban

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Denton County Emergency Services would like to remind the residents of Denton County of a Declaration issued on June 13, 2006. On that date, the Commissioners Court of Denton County declared a state of disaster for Denton County, resulting from the potential threat of wildfires due to drought and adverse weather conditions.

Denton County is currently at a 619 on the Keetch Byram Drought Index, a drought scale produced by the United States Forest Service. At 600-800 on the KBDI Scale: Fires will burn to mineral soil. Stumps will burn to the end of underground roots and spotting will be a major problem. Fires will burn thorough the night and heavier fuels will actively burn and contribute to fire intensity.

Based on these findings by the Commissioner’s Court along with the Department of Emergency Services there is a need to limit the county’s exposure to fire hazards during drought conditions. Denton County adopted executive order MH-06-01 today to place into effect restrictions on open burning, hotwork and use of fireworks.

The restrictions are as follows:
Use of a combustible material or knowingly and willingly allowing the use of a combustible material on private property or in any outdoor environment by any person is prohibited.

Combustible materials include, but are not limited to, the use of all 1.4 G fireworks (retail), discarding of cigarettes or other flammable materials, materials used in activities such as welding and any other activity that could result in a fire.

For more information and the complete text of the Press Release please click on the heading of this post.

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