RUNNELS COUNTY - Extremely dry and windy conditions and low humidity, prompted Runnels County Judge Barry Hilliard to call for an emergency ban of all outdoor burning to take effect Thursday until further notice.

RUNNELS COUNTY - Extremely dry and windy conditions and low humidity, prompted Runnels County Judge Barry Hilliard to call for an emergency ban of all outdoor burning to take effect Thursday until further notice.

Due to notification from the national weather service of impending high winds and low humidity forecast for beginning Thursday continuing through Friday of this week, April 12, 13,  Hilliard,  authorized by Texas Local Government code 418.108, made an emergency declaration instating a ban against outdoor burning of any kind effective at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 12 and continuing until further notice.

Violation of the burn ban is a Class C misdemeanor and a fine up to $500 may be issued to violators.

Officials have contacted the Texas A & M Forest Service and Runnels County will now join the 87 counties statewide that have put a burn ban in place, including Tom Green, Coke, and Concho counties in this area.

Fire danger consists of the various factors of fuels, weather, topography and risk combined to assess the daily fire potential on an area. The most commonly accepted definition of fire danger is “the resultant descriptor of the combination of both constant and variable factors which affect the initiation, spread and difficulty of control of wildfires on an area,” according to the Texas Forest Service.

According to the county’s burn ban, all outdoor burning is prohibited in the unincorporated areas of Runnels County until further notice.