WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TX— Members of the county commissioners court today approved a burn restriction due to the extreme summer season heat enveloping Central Texas, authorities said.
The countywide burn ban will be in effect for a duration not to surpass 90 days, with County Judge Dan A. Gattis authorized to lift the restriction when conditions improve, officials said.
In violating the burn ban, a person would have burned any combustible material outside of an enclosure which serves to conceal all flames and/or stimulates, or orders such burning by others, authorities discussed. The burn ban restricts the burning of family yard waste, such as leaves, turf, brush and other yard trimmings. It likewise forbids burning to clear the land of trees, stumps, bushes, or other natural greenery.
The order can be implemented by any duly-commissioned peace officer, and lawbreakers will be accused of a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine, not to exceed $500, county authorities said.