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Parker County Judge Mark Riley declares emergency burn ban

This grass fire in January was exacerbated by dry conditions similar to the current conditions.

With Parker County at an elevated risk of wildfires due to dry conditions and a high fuel load, Parker County Judge Mark Riley has declared an Emergency Burn Ban effective 9 a.m. Monday, January 22.

Judge Riley’s emergency burn ban will last through 9 a.m. on Jan. 29. Judge Riley or Commissioners Court can continue the ban if conditions warrant.

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 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;
  • 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 work area 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 mitigation efforts 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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Over the River and Through the Woods

December 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Firehouse Pancake Breakfast with Santa

December 15 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am
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Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus

December 15 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Cat Adoptions

December 16 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Rotary Club of Aledo

December 17 @ 11:30 am
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Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus

December 22 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Christmas Eve in Hudson Oaks

December 24 @ 5:00 pm
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Aledo Community Lions Club

December 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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