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Posted on: February 15, 2011

[ARCHIVED] Court Issues Burn Ban

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The Hidalgo County Commissioners’ Court has issued a burn ban, effective immediately for up to 90 days.

Outdoor burning is restricted in the unincorporated areas of Hidalgo County, including incorporated cities that do not have their own fire suppression resources. Household trash burning IS permitted, but ONLY with a valid burn permit issued by and at the discretion of the County Fire Marshal’s Office, located at the Mediplex Building at 1615 S. Closner, Ste. J in Edinburg, Texas.

Burn permits are free of charge. The burning of trash should be conducted within a recommended container with a lid and be supervised by a responsible party from ignition until extinguished. On days when a “fire watch” or “red-flag warning” weather advisory is issued by the National Weather Service, burn permits may not be issued.

Residents with questions may call the Hidalgo County Fire Marshal’s Office at (956) 318-2656, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The burn ban does not prohibit burning activities related to public health and safety that are authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for: 1) firefighter training; 2) public utility, natural gas pipeline or mining operations; 3) planting or harvesting of agricultural crops; or 4) burns that are conducted by a prescribed burn manager under Section 153.047, Natural Resources Code. The restriction does not ban outdoor cooking that takes place within a cooking apparatus — grill, pit, etc. This burn ban can be revoked at any time should conditions improve.

A violation of this order is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.

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