This morning at 9:20 a.m., the Gillespie County Commissioners Court enacted the burn ban. Effective immediately, the Order issued prohibits any open burning in the unincorporated areas of Gillespie County except the burning of combustible material in approved enclosures, such as trash barrels and charcoal grills designed to contain all flames and embers.
Due to hot, dry conditions and the lack of significant rainfall, open burning is extremely likely to cause very dangerous wildfire, posing risks to lives and property. Local fire department officials, the National Weather Service, and Texas Forest Service personnel advise that there is no present forecast for improving conditions.
A violation of the Order signed by Judge Stroeher is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500.
More information about the burn ban issued by the County can be found on their website at www.gillespiecounty.org.