Williamson County declares local disaster and prohibits outdoor burning

The order goes into effect at 5 p.m. Aug. 21. (Courtesy Fotolia)
The order goes into effect at 5 p.m. Aug. 21. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The order goes into effect at 5 p.m. Aug. 21. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Due to current dry conditions causing the threat of severe damage as a result of possible wildfires, Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell issued a local disaster declaration and order prohibiting outdoor burning in all unincorporated areas of Williamson County.

The order goes into effect at 5 p.m. Aug. 21 and continues for seven days unless extended by the consent of the Williamson County Commissioners Court, according to a news release. It also prohibits smoking in and/or on Williamson County parks, preserves and trails.


"A person violates this declaration and order if they burn any combustible material outside of an enclosure which serves to contain all flames and/or sparks, or orders such burning by others, the release said. "The burn ban prohibits the burning of household yard waste, such as leaves, grass, brush and other yard trimmings. It also prohibits burning to clear land of trees, stumps, shrubbery, or other natural vegetation."

According to the release, a person also violates the order if they engage in any activity outdoors which could allow flames or sparks that could result in a fire unless done in an enclosure designed to protect the spread of fire or orders such activities by others.

This order may be enforced by any duly-commissioned peace officer. Texas codes states a person who violates the order commits a criminal offense, which is punishable by a fine that does not exceed $1,000 or confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days.


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