A burn ban for Hill County will be enacted starting Friday.
Open burning will be prohibited during the ban.
Open burning is defined as “a fire where any material is burned on the ground or in an open receptacle other than a furnace, incinerator, or other equipment connected to a stack or chimney.”
Licenses for burning yard debris, brush or construction debris will not be issued during the burn ban.
The burn ban does not prohibit campfires. However, the Hill County Commission urges the public to take several precautions:
- Ensure recreational campfires are attended.
- Ensure a campfire can be put out quickly, if need be.
- Be aware of weather conditions.
- Ensure recreational fires are kept to a manageable size and are properly extinguished.
- Avoid driving or parking vehicles in tall, dry grass.
- Make sure safety chains on trailers or other equipment are not dragging and creating sparks.
- Throw away smoking materials properly. In a vehicle, use an ashtray; outside, crush smoking materials and matches on bare ground in an area larger than three feet in diameter.
- Make sure all mechanical outdoor equipment such as tractors, chainsaws or off-road vehicles are equipped with properly working mufflers, spark arresters and bearings.