Lamar County issues Emergency Burn Ban
Due to current fire danger conditions within Lamar County, and an increase in the number of recent fires requiring numerous fire departments to control and extinguish, Lamar County Judge M.C. Superville, Jr., under advisement of the Lamar County Department of Emergency Management, has issued as Emergency Burn Ban beginning November 26 until December 3, 2012. Fines for burning during this period could be up to $500.
The Lamar County Department of Emergency Management would like to emphasize that current dry and drought conditions still linger in Lamar County. Due to the winter season foliage and vegetation that has become dormant and dead, even with a significant amount of rainfall, the ground would not absorb the amounts of water to significantly reduce the fire threat.
It is important to remember that any time a fire is started on a property, that extends to another property causing any damage, the owner of the originating property can be fined by the Texas Forest Service, if they are needed to assist in controlling the fire. Also, the property owner could be held responsible for any damages to the other property the fire extends to.
An Emergency Burn Ban issued by the Lamar County Judge prohibits all outdoor burning for a period not longer than 7 days, but can be renewed on or before that 7th day by the Lamar County Commissioners’ Court.