Bell County, Texas

Bell County Commissions Court reinstates burning ban

Belton, Texas- On Monday, June 13, the Bell County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to reinstate the county’s burning ban. The order restricting outdoor burning came into effect at 10 a.m. today and will remain in effect until Monday July 11 at 10 a.m., unless the restrictions are lifted sooner.

This ordinance only regulates open-air burning in unincorporated areas of Bell County and will not impact the use of consumer-grade or professional-grade fireworks.

“Drought conditions throughout Bell County have reached such a level that it is unsafe to conduct outdoor burns of any kind,” said Fire Marshal Chris Mahlstedt. “Today’s ordinance does not restrict outdoor cooking in an approved commercially made grill or smoker, or the conduct of hot work, such as welding or grinding. If you intend cooking outdoors or performing hot work of any kind, always keep a fire extinguisher or water source available and never leave the area unattended.

Pursuant to Local Government Code § 352.081(h), a violation of this ordinance is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00.

View or download the order here.

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