Dry conditions and a lack of substantial rainfall has led officials from the Denton County and Collin County areas to call for burn bans.
Denton County Commissioners Court enacted a burn ban on July 3 with no set expiration date, and Collin County Commissioners Court called for a 90-day burn ban at their July 9 meeting. The county bans mean that outdoor burning, including recreational fires and wood-burning fire pits or campfires, are not allowed in unincorporated areas of the county.
The McKinney Fire Department is following Collin County's lead and is enforcing an outdoor burn ban within the McKinney city limits and McKinney Fire Department district as well, according to a news release from the department.
Those cutting, welding or performing hot work outdoors in the city of McKinney must apply for a hot work permit from the McKinney Fire Department’s Fire Marshal’s office, 2200 Taylor-Burk Drive, McKinney.
“The free permits will be required until further notice," McKinney Fire Marshal Mike Smith said in the release. "It is to reinforce the importance of heightened awareness for safety during these hot and dry conditions.”