The McLennan County Commissioners Court woke up this morning and finally realized in Waco, Texas what everyone in the state has known for weeks. The current climate conditions are incredibly dangerous and could easily assist in the spreading of a fire in a very short amount of time.

So, now McLennan County has joined the surrounding counties in issuing a burn ban for any unauthorized and non-business purposes. The ban will remain in place for 90 days, or until the current drought conditions cease to be a threat for the county.

Anyone caught being in violation to the issued burn ban will be subject to a Class C Misdemeanor charge and fine of $500. Besides the consistently dry conditions of the past couple of years, one of the biggest challenges to combating fire is the near constant Texas wind that never seems to take off a day.

What officially plays into the decision to implement a burn ban?

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The dry conditions are front and center for the decision to issue a burn ban as just about the whole state of Texas has been operating at an average rainfall deficit for the past 2 years, and even longer in other areas. A red flag warning has been issued by the National Weather Service, and that info was part of the decision to issue a burn ban.

Does a burn ban mean I can no longer bar-b-que or cook out?

No, you may continue to operate your smokers and grills as long as they are covered and monitored.

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