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Tillman County adopts burn ban

FREDERICK  Tillman County is the latest area county to enact a burn ban, following action by commissioners Tuesday.

The burn ban is in effect for 30 days. It may be extended if extreme fire conditions exist at the end of that period.

All outdoor fires are prohibited, including burning of forests, grasses, ranges, crops or other wild lands. Also prohibited are burning of trash, pits and debris and the discharge of fireworks.

Exceptions to the ban include equipment that uses propane or other controlled-type burners, certain welding/cutting torch and grinding activities, and burning of household trash in a metal container with a screen top placed on a non-combustible device, but only with prior approval from the local fire department. The burning of household trash or welding/cutting torch and grinding require the presence of a nearby water source and are only permitted when wind speeds are less than 10 mph.

Outdoor cooking with LPG, natural gas or charcoal is permitted in a grilling receptacle. Such grilling must be done over a non-flammable surface and at least 5 feet from flammable vegetation.

Violation of the burn ban is considered a misdemeanor. Penalties include a fine of up to $500, up to one year imprisonment, or both.

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