Comanche County officials implement burn ban

Comanche County_Press Release_The Comanche County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) passed a resolution Monday morning implementing a countywide burn ban until Tuesday, February 17.  The burn ban prohibits citizens from any outdoor burning, with a few exceptions for welding and outdoor cooking.

"Although we received some precipitation, dead grass and foliage does not retain moisture very well.  And with mild temperatures and high winds, the fire danger will be very high to extreme by Monday (Feb 9) afternoon.  Our fire danger will continue to be high for the entire week, even with the possibility of some rain on Wednesday," stated Clint Wagstaff, emergency manager.

Under the burn ban, welders are still permitted to weld, use a cutting torch, grinder, etc as long as these activities are conducted over a non-combustible surface at least 10 feet by 10 feet, and when welding blankets or screens are used to cover flammable vegetation.  In addition, wind speeds MUST be less than 20 mph AND another person, other than the welder, is monitoring the work with pressurized water or a fire extinguisher.

Outdoor campfires and bonfires are also PROHIBITED.  However, gas and charcoal grills are permitted providing the activity is conducted over a non-flammable surface AND at least five (5) feet from flammable vegetation.  Individuals convicted of violating the resolution will be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined up to $500 and/or one (1) year in jail.

The burn ban is valid until Tuesday, February 17, when the BOCC will further review the weather conditions to determine if they will extend or discontinue the burn ban.