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Denton County Imposes Immediate Burn Ban Due to Elevated Fire Risk

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DENTON COUNTY, July 25, 2023 – In light of soaring temperatures drying out vegetation, Denton County has imposed an immediate burn ban to mitigate potential grass fires.

The recent spate of triple-digit temperatures has counteracted the effects of prior rainfall, leading to dry soil and parched greenery. Grass, leaves, shrubs, and trees have now become potential fuel sources for wildfires, prompting serious concern from local authorities.

The decision to implement the ban was made by the Denton County Commissioners Court on Tuesday morning, following recommendations from the Denton County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Denton County Fire Marshal Brad Sebastian remarked on the county’s dedication to its residents, “It is Denton County’s responsibility to ensure the safety of all residents.” He further highlighted the discrepancies in the county’s rainfall, noting that while the northeast received ample precipitation, southern Denton County is grappling with intensifying drought conditions.

Marshal Sebastian went on to elucidate the county’s proactive stance, “We continuously monitor the conditions across Denton County and issue burn bans when we believe the potential for a major grass fire exists.” He also cautioned that with more high temperatures predicted for the coming week, the risk of grass fires is set to escalate.

The burn ban in effect prohibits all forms of outdoor burning. Furthermore, outdoor cooking and activities such as welding, both open and enclosed, are now restricted under specific conditions to curtail the chances of grass fires.

In a broader perspective, Denton County isn’t the only area in Texas enforcing such precautions. As per the Texas A&M Forest Service, Denton County now stands alongside 141 other Texas counties, including neighboring Wise and Tarrant counties, that have active burn bans.

The Executive Order detailing the conditions of the Burn Ban can be accessed and reviewed in the provided PDF.

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