Statewide burn ban rescinded

State Fire Marshal
Posted at 1:09 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 14:09:26-04

A statewide burn ban that has been effect since last week has been lifted.

State Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain have lifted the order effective today at noon.

That doesn't mean it is OK to burn in your area, though, because local governments have the authority to issue their own burn bans. If you don't know you should contact your local fire department to find out.

“We appreciate the public’s cooperation with this effort to minimize preventable fire-related incidents from overburdening our first responder community as they worked to address the multitude of emergencies brought upon communities across the state from tropical system Barry,” said Browning.