RUNNELS COUNTY - Extremely hot, dry and windy conditions and low humidity, prompted Runnels County commissioners reinstate a ban of all outdoor burning to take effect Wednesday, June 13 for the next 90 days.

RUNNELS COUNTY - Extremely hot, dry and windy conditions and low humidity, prompted Runnels County commissioners reinstate a ban of all outdoor burning to take effect Wednesday, June 13 for the next 90 days.

Outdoor burning will be prohibited in all unincorporated areas of the county for 90 days from the order.

Outdoor burning of rubbish is allowed on private property as well as prescribed burns required by a public utility or harvesting operation. Outdoor grilling will be allowed so long as the fire source for the pit is completely enclosed.

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

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.