Runnels County Commissioners have authorized a burn ban for unincorporated areas of the county. With some exceptions, all outdoor burning with an open flame is prohibited while a burn ban is in effect. Household trash burning is allowed as well as burning for the betterment of public health and safety. Outdoor cooking is allowed as long as the fire source is completely enclosed and no outside flame is allowed. Any activity, such as welding operations, that may generate a flame or spark are required to have at least two people present and a ready source of water available to quickly extinguish any accidental fire that may be started as a result of the activity. Anyone conducting burns within the requirements of the burning restrictions are also required to contact Runnels County Dispatch at 365-5961 as well as the respective fire department charged with fire protection duties in the area of the county where burning will occur. Those conducting burns are also required to consider the weather conditions of the day as forecast by the National Weather Service. Violations of the burn ban are punishable as a Class C Misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $500.
The full text of the burn ban may be viewed online by following this link: http://www.krunam.com/admin/articles/edit/4ff1bad5-cd04-4e87-b9d5-32850abbf82a