COOKE COUNTY, Tex. -- Another North Texas county has banned outdoor burning. Commissioners in Cooke County are the latest to sign off on a burn ban.
Cooke County officials say seven of its last ten grass fires gave started when residents across the county have lost control of trash fires. Now a burn ban is effect, and officials hope residents get the message.
County judge bill freeman and the other county commissioners held an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the growing problem. Emergency management director Ray Fletcher says on January 15, fire departments from across the county battled four different fires, some of which spanned several acres.
Fletcher says the normal amount of rainfall for this time of the year is seven inches. This year, the court has only received three.
The new ban eliminates all outdoor burning for the next 90 days in the unincorporated areas of the county, and if residents break the law, county officials say they will suffer the consequences. Officials say if residents are caught burning trash on lands, they could face up to a $500 fine.
Grayson, Fannin, Montague, and Lamar Counties are also under a burn ban.