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Parker County Judge Mark Riley has signed an emergency declaration placing into effect an outdoor burn ban effective March 23.
Citing the imminent threat of wildfire, the declaration bans "any outdoor burning or orders such burning
Any outdoor burning will be extinguished by the fire department assigned to the area, and following an investigation, a fine of up to $500 can be levied.
Text of declaration:
WHEREAS, Parker County has not had rainfall for an extended period and weather forecasters offer little promise of a change in the hot, dry conditions in the near future; and
WHEREAS, these hot, dry conditions pose the threat of large, dangerous and fastmoving wildfires, and such fires have the potential of endangering lives and damaging property on a large scale; and
WHEREAS, the Texas Disaster Act of 1975 authorized declaration of a state of disaster "if the threat of disaster is imminent" and
WHEREAS, the magnitude of the potential damage and the rapidity at which such a fire could escalate to major proportions constitute an imminent threat of disaster; and
WHEREAS, declaration of such disaster authorized the imposition of controls on activities which tend to increase the likelihood of fires; and
WHEREAS, such controls, once implemented, have the potential of protecting lives and property by mitigating the threat of dangerous fires; and
WHEREAS, the Governor for the State of Texas has extended the Wildfire Proclamation dated March 18, 2011 which includes Parker County;
BE IT THEREFORE PROCLAIMED, that I Mark Riley, County Judge of Parker County, do hereby declare a state of disaster based on the threat of large wildfires in Parker County, Texas; and
BE IT ALSO PROCLAIMED that this state of disaster will continue until rescinded in accordance with the above statute and order, but in no instance will this declaration continue for more than seven days without authorization by the Parker County Commissioners Court;
BE IT ALSO PROCLAIMED that this state of disaster is being declared solely for the purpose of implementing controls aimed at mitigating the hazard posed by wildfires during the current hot, dry weather.
BE IT ALSO ORDERED THAT the purpose of this order is the mitigation of the hazard posed by wildfires by curtailing the practice of outdoor burning, which purpose is to be taken into account in any enforcement action based upon this order