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Harper Community Newsletter-4th Qtr 

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Gillespie County BURN BAN!!  (Aug 26, 2019)

PRESS RELEASE FROM GILLESPIE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT
AT 9:10AM THIS DATE, THE GILLESPIE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT DECLARED THAT CIRCUMSTANCES PRESENT IN ALL OR PART OF THE UNINCORPORATED AREA OF GILLESPIE COUNTY CREATE A PUBLIC SAFETY HAZARD THAT WOULD BE EXACERBATED BY OUTDOOR BURINING.
THE GILLESPIE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT ISSUED AN ORDER EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, WHICH PROHIBITS ANY OPEN BURINING IN THE UNICORPORATED AREAS OF GILLESPIE COUNTY EXCEPT THE BURING OF COMBUSTIBLE MATERIAL IN APPROVED ENCLOSURES, SUCH AS TRASH BARRELS AND CHARCOAL GRILLS WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO CONTAIN ALL FLAMES AND EMBERS. COUNTY JUDGE MARK STROEHER ADVISED THAT THE ORDER DOES NOT APPLY TO OUTDOOR BURING ACTIVITES RELATED TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY THAT ARE AUTHORIZED BY TEHE TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUIALITY FOR (1) FIREFIGHTER TRAINING, (2) PUBLIC UTILITY, NATURAL GAS PIPELINE, OR MINING OPERATION, (3) PLANTING OR HARVESTING OF AGRICULTURAL CROPS, OR (4) BURNES THAT ARE CUNDUCTED BY A PRESCRIBED BURN MANAGER CERTIFIED UNDER SECTION 153.048, NATURAL RESOURCES CADE, AND MEET THE STANDARDS OF SECTION 153.047, NATURAL RESOURCES CODE.
DUE TO HOT AND DRY CONDITIONS, AND THE LACK OF SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL, ALL PERSONS ARE ADVISED THAT ANY OPEN BURNING IS EXTREMELY LIKELY TO CAUSE VERY DANGEROUS WILDFIRE, POSING RISKS TO LIVES AND PROPERTY. LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND TEXAS FOREST SERVICE PERSONNEL ADVISE THAT THERE IS NO PRESENT FORECAST FOR IMPOROVING CONDITIONS.
THE ORDER SIGNED BY JUDGE STROEHER PROVIDES THAT A VIOLATION OF THE ORDER SHALL CONSTITUTE A CLASS C MISDEMEANOR, PUNISHABLE BY FINE OF UP TO $500.

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