Dallas County Now Under 90-Day Burn Ban

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No doubt you're aware: This is fast becoming one of the worst droughts in state history -- No. 3 so far, at a cost of billions to farmers and ranchers. And save for this tease of "dissipating thunderstorms" moving in, or not, from Oklahoma, it ain't gonna get any better any time soon. Which is why, on a very related note, this just in from Maria Arita, spokesperson for Dallas County: Don't burn anything outside. Not for the next three months, at least. No trash, no bonfires, no nothing -- and, seriously, no fireworks, lest you set the whole county ablaze. Well, wait. You can have a campfire. And a barbecue. And there is some ... Look, just jump for the details.
Dallas County confirms a county-wide Outdoor Burn Ban effective Tuesday, June 28, 2011 for a period not to exceed 90 days unless conditions exist for an extension or the lifting of the ban. Dallas County is currently experiencing drought conditions which have created a higher potential for wild land fires. In a County-wide survey of unincorporated areas the vegetation has become very dry and dangerous. While the wild land fire activity in Dallas County has been very minor and does not yet meet the normal criteria for instituting a burn ban, the State of Texas has issued a State of Disaster Declaration under Section 418.015 of the Code, and requested that all counties who have not yet issued burn bans do so.

Under the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), Dallas County is currently shown to be at 500, which places our County within the Moderate Drought Levels. However, the Texas Forestry Service has stated that with no significant predictions of rain in the near future, they expect the potential for wild land fires to greatly increase.

90-Day Outdoor Burn Ban Criteria

Outdoor burning that will be banned:

--Trash in open piles

NOTE: under the Texas Administrative Code - Chapter 22 - Texas Air Control Act - Outdoor Burning:

Residents within the unincorporated areas of Dallas County would still be allowed to burn domestic waste at a property designed for and used exclusively as a private residence, housing not more than three families, when collection of domestic waste is not provided or authorized by the local governmental entity having jurisdiction, and when the waste is generated only from that property.

--Bonfires
--Open acre fires

--Fireworks will not be permitted UNLESS in unincorporated areas (Fireworks NOT permitted within city limits). Citizens must have a permit for the use of fireworks on any parcel of land within the county. Violators will be issued a citation if the person knowingly or intentionally violates this restriction. The offense is a Class C Misdemeanor.

NOTE: If you have any doubts about whether or not you are in an unincorporated area - DO NOT shoot fireworks in that area. Our best advice is BE SAFE - enjoy city sponsored or professionally monitored fireworks displays.

Outdoor Burn Ban exceptions:

--Campfires
--Barbeque-ing

NOTE: Outdoor cooking fires would only be allowed in proper cooking devices designed to prevent embers from escaping and creating a fire danger.

--Trash Burning in proper fifty-give (55) gallon metal containers with proper protective screening on top.
--Citizen Fireworks in unincorporated areas
--Our Dallas County "Red Flag 4th of July Safety Awareness Campaign will be announced tomorrow (Wednesday)

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13 comments
burn
burn

At least we can still fire up the grill

Jay
Jay

Was the burn ban at the request of the FBI?

HolySheets
HolySheets

sweet.   no ban on grass in glass pipes.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Im shocked the county hasnt called off professional firework shows for the local cities in the area, seeing that in the greater Austin area that has been the case..

Texaspainter
Texaspainter

I'm waiting for the water rationing shoe to drop any day now.

Harvey
Harvey

Did I really see packages of fireworks being sold at Kroger? 

Jon
Jon

Why is it a good idea to allow fireworks in unincorporated areas?  Look at the damage in Possum Kingdom. Why risk it?  Or would this be another example of micromanaging the behavior of adults?

TimCov
TimCov

Austin has had much less rain and been in a drought for longer than we have. Check their lake levels versus our local lake levels for an idea of the difference.

TimCov
TimCov

If you've been smart in planting and watering, you don't even notice water rationing. I always water my garden beds and grass like water rationing is in effect. I also cut my grass just a little higher than most. My lawn is nice and green while my neighbors are already having theirs turn brown. The same goes for the plants in my garden beds. The key is to train your plants to grow deep roots by watering infrequently and deeply.

TimCov
TimCov

Kinda-sorta - These are very lower power poppers. You don't actually use a flame to ignite them. You either throw them on a hard surface to make a loud pop or pull a string to get a pop and throw some confetti.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I know its been rough down there tim...just curious if they'll take a step of that nature for the local counties...

Texaspainter
Texaspainter

oh I do all of that including watering at 3 am.I'm just looking at it from a political/economic point of view. the city already is broadcasting their 'lawn whisperer' ads on tv to make it 'fun' to be in a drought.

No
No

Low power until you unwrap 400 of them with your friends into a piece of tissue paper.. my ears rang for a few days after that one :)

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