Lufkin, TX — With drought conditions and wildfire danger continuing in Angelina County, commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to extend an outdoor burn ban by 90 days.
All outdoor burning is covered by the order, and county officials are also asking residents not to toss lit cigarettes outside and avoid outside welding during windy conditions.
“It was a much-needed deal to help stop these fires. We encourage everybody to do no outside burning of any kind, including cooking outdoors. A spark can start a fire that could be another Bastrop,” said Angelina County Sheriff Kent Henson, referring to the catastrophic wildfires that have devastated the Central Texas community. “That’s what were trying to avoid. Our deputies have issued quite a few citations. If you have any outdoor burning and if it’s an intentionally lit fire, we’ll issue you a citation.”
A violation of the order is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum fine of $500, and residents are encouraged to report any outdoor burning to the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office at 634-3331 or their local police department.
“No outside burning,” Commissioner Kenneth Timmons said. “That includes barbecuing. No nothing.”
A burn ban is also in effect for the city of Lufkin.
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