Liberty County under burn ban

Liberty County has joined another 140 Texas counties in burn ban orders. Drought conditions exist across the state. The counties marked in red are currently under a burn ban as of Aug. 20, 2018.

A burn ban is in effect immediately for Liberty County, according to County Judge Jay Knight. Drought conditions that exist in the county made the burn ban necessary for the protection of homes and properties.

All outdoor burning is prohibited for the next 60 days from the date of the order, Aug. 20, unless restrictions are terminated earlier based on a determination by the Texas Forest Service or by the county judge.

The signed order states that it does not prohibit outdoor activities such as:

  1. related to public health and safety that are authorized by the Texas Natural Resources Commission for firefighter training; public utility, natural gas pipeline or mining operations; or planting and harvesting of agriculture crops; or
  2. burns that are conducted by a prescribed burn manager certified under Section 153.048, Natural Resources Code, and meet the standards of Section 153.047 Natural Resources Code.

Anyone in violation of the order could be charged with a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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