Tarrant County commissioners approved a ban on outdoor burning for the next 90 days due to the severe drought conditions.

The approval came during the commissioners' June 28 meeting. The outdoor burning plan applies to unincorporated areas of Tarrant County.

A violation is a Class C misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $500, according to a news release.

Tarrant County Fire Marshal Randy Renois requested the ban to protect people and property throughout the county, according to the release. He encourages residents to attend sanctioned fireworks shows rather than personally using fireworks given the hot, dry weather. The outdoor burning ban does not apply to fireworks, according to discussions during the commissioners' meeting.

“We encourage all Tarrant County residents to take these precautions and be safe over the holiday weekend,” Renois said in the release.