Rusk County issues burn ban
By Staff Reports
Feb. 5, 2018 at 1:39 p.m.
Updated Feb. 5, 2018 at 1:39 p.m.
Rusk County on Monday became the third in the area to issue a ban on outdoor burning by residents.
All outdoor burning is banned in Rusk County until further notice, county commissioners decided Monday. The court briefly discussed whether to call an unconditional ban, which they did, or a less restrictive, provisional, ban.
The ban will remain in effect 90 days unless the court revisits it. Commissioner said they would consider lifting it as soon as next Monday. The ban carries a possible fine of up to $500 and applies only to unincorportated parts of the county.
Exceptions apply only for firefighter training, public utility, natural gas and mining operations and harvesting crops.
A burn ban has not been issued in Gregg County, but the fire marshal this past week asked residents to refrain from outdoor burning until further notice.
Panola County officials on Wednesday issued an emergency ban on outdoor burning.
Sheriff Kevin Lake said crews had recently responded to several fires because of weather conditions.
Marion County issued a countywide ban Friday, ordered by County Judge Lex A. Jones.
"Due to extremely dry conditions this will be in effect until we receive substantial rainfall in Marion County," he said in a statement.