Despite recent rainfall, burn bans are still in effect around Texoma. Ryan Loyd explains the importance of following the law during these high, dry times in this Safe Family report.
We've seen the outcome of outdoor burning getting out of control. Wide-spread dry natural vegetation and current weather conditions have prompted burn bans all over Texoma. Commissioners have put the bans into effect to help prevent disaster.
"This is a proactive approach. We've had days of high winds and low humidity. This is proactive so we can prevent wildfire," Sherman Fire Chief Jeff Jones says.
The bans are not meant to last for months at a time. In fact, local county leaders revisit the burn bans very often.
"We’ll look at this weekly. We don't want to prevent people from getting things done. We're just asking them to be cautious."
The consequence can be harsh if you are not only caught burning outdoors during a ban, but if a fire gets out of control and damages or harms other people or their property.
"You can be held criminally liable if it damages other people's property, charged with criminal mischief, arson. By publicizing this, we hope everyone will be more cautious and conscious about their activities," Jones says.
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