Frio renews 90-day burn ban
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Citing persistent drought conditions and circumstances present in all or parts of the county creating hazardous conditions which would be exacerbated by outdoor burning, Frio County commissioners renewed their 90-day burn ban this week.
During a Monday, January 9, meeting, Precinct 3 Commissioner Raul Carrizales made the motion to renew the burn ban and was seconded by Pct. 2 Comm. Mario Martinez.
The ban prohibits outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of the county for 90 days, beginning Jan. 12.
Restrictions may be terminated earlier based on a determination made by the Texas Forest Service or the court. The order is scheduled to expire on April 12.
Excemptions to the order include outdoor burning activities related to public health and safety that are authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for firefighter training; public utility, natural gas pipeline or mining operations; planting or harvesting of agricultural crops; the burning of accumulated brush or vegetation by farmers and ranchers on their property being cleared with heavy equipment by a land clearing contractor; anyone else who may initiate a burn under the direction of a land clearing contractor with documentary evidence or proof of such trade before beginning the operation; burns conducted by a prescribed burn manager certified under Section 153.048 of the Natural Resources Code and meeting the standards of Section 153.047 of the Natural Resources Code; the burning of garbage or trash in a container or barrel with a wire mesh screen or grill on top of the container; ranchers and farmers burning prickly pear cactus to feed livestock; or a Prescribed Burning Management Plan developed by the USDA-NRCS personnel in the unincorporated areas of Frio County.