Henderson County is under a burn ban following a vote of the Commissioners Court at a special meeting Friday.

  The ban is for 18 days which will last until the first regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting in July. As of Friday, 218 of Texas’ 254 counties had a ban in place.

The order restricting outdoor burning, issued by County Fire Marshal Darrel Furrh prohibits outdoor burning with these exceptions:

• firefighter training;

• public utility, Texas Department of Public Safety, natural gas pipeline or mining operations;

• planting or harvesting of agricultural crops or;

• burns that are prescribed by a licensed burn manager

Violations of the ban are punishable by a fine, not to exceed $500.

The Texas Forest Service announced Thursday that the state has been experiencing record dry conditions. Wildland Urban Interface Specialist Patrick Allen said wildfires are a community-wide problem, which means reducing risks to homes and property is everyone’s responsibility.

  “More than 80 percent of wildfires in Texas occur within 2 miles of a community,” Allen said.  “This year has been an eye-opening experience for many Texas residents and we are not out of the woods yet.”

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