Emergency Burn Ban Issued
On Friday, July 20, 2018, Williamson County Judge Dan A. Gattis issued a Disaster Declaration and Order prohibiting the burning of any combustible material outside of an enclosure which serves to contain all flames and/or sparks or the engaging in activity outdoors which could allow flames or sparks that could result in a fire. Please go to our homepage to review the Order and the specific prohibitions and exceptions of the Disaster Declaration and Order. The outdoor burning prohibition will be in effect for a period of 7 days unless an extension is approved by the Commissioners Court. The Williamson County Commissioners Court will consider extending an outdoor burn ban at its upcoming meeting on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. The heat and weather factors are contributing to dangerous fire conditions, which can quickly lead to the spread of a large, damaging fire.
Except as otherwise stated in the Disaster Declaration and Order, a person violates the Disaster Declaration and Order if he/she burns any combustible material outside of an enclosure which serves to contain all flames and/or sparks, or orders such burning by others. The Disaster Declaration and Order prohibits the burning of household yard waste, such as leaves, grass, brush and other yard trimmings. Among other burning prohibitions, it also prohibits burning to clear land of trees, stumps, shrubbery, or other natural vegetation. A violation of the Disaster Declaration and Order is punishable as a Class C misdemeanor by a fine not to exceed $500.00 or as authorized by Section 418.173 of the Texas Government Code and adopted in Williamson County’s Emergency Management Plan by a fine that does not exceed $1,000.00 and confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days, whichever is greater.