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Posted on: February 12, 2018

COMMISSIONERS COURT EXTENDS PARKER COUNTY BURN BAN FOR 30 DAYS

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  Parker County remains at an elevated risk of wildfires due to dry conditions and a high fuel load.

  Parker County's Commissioners Court voted unanimously to continue the burn ban for 30 days at the Monday, Feb. 12th regular court meeting.

   Burning trash or any other forms of combustible material is prohibited. If residents see smoke they should call 911 and report it immediately. Do not throw cigarettes out of car windows as that can lead to a grass fire. Do not drag any chains or materials from your vehicle that could lead to a spark as that can lead to a grass fire. Avoid pulling your vehicle off into tall grass as that can also lead to a grass fire.

   Violation of the burn ban is a Class C Misdemeanor and could result in a fine of up to $500 plus court costs. 

Violations include the use of all combustible materials, including outdoor welding, however where welding must be performed in the field, the following mitigating efforts will be in force until the burn ban has expired:

  • All areas where welding, cutting or grinding operations are being performed will be free of vegetation for at least twenty five feet in all directions;
  • Surface around welding area will be watered down;
  • Wind speeds must be no more than 20 miles per hour while performing welding, cutting or grinding operations outside of barriers or enclosures;
  • A dedicated fire watch person will attend each welder, cutter, grinder and any activity that causes a spark;
  • A minimum of one (1) water pressure fire extinguisher per fire watch person is required;
  • Each site will have cellular telephone communications for emergency response;
  • All welding, cutting and grinding operations may be performed in a total welding enclosure, or “welding box”, that is sufficiently high to control sparks and includes a fire retardant cover over the top. Winds speeds must not exceed 30 miles per hour while utilizing an enclosure;

                              i.   Where welding (above ground and sub-surface) is required in  an area where there is a potential for a hazardous    atmosphere, barriers will be substituted for total enclosures  (e.g. “wind walls”) to prevent sparks from coming in contact with any combustible material;

                              ii.   The barriers will be installed to allow ventilation of the workarea and ingress and egress to the work area for personnel safety;

                              iii.   Sub-surface, or “bell hole”, welding and grinding operations within approved excavations are allowed if all other mitigationefforts are included;

  • If an emergency exists where welding has to be performed, the Fire Marshal may issue a temporary exception to the order.


  

  

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