ANGELINA CO., TX (KTRE) - Angelina County Judge Wes Suiter has issued a "Declaration of Disaster and Order Restricting Outdoor Burning" for the county.
The order, which is effective immediately, prohibits all outdoor burning of trash, brush, trees, storm debris, construction material debris and open campfires until its expiration of renewal, or until it is rescinded by the Angelina County Commissioners Court.
In addition, the order prohibits the Sale, Possession, and Use of all Fireworks, excluding organized pyrotechnic displays under the direct supervision of the local fire department. That part of the order expires in 60 hours unless Judge Suiter's request for extension is approved by Governor Rick Perry.
In issuing the order, Judge Suiter wrote, "Angelina County has been affected by recent wildland fires and continues to be threatened by high or extreme wildland fire hazard. This threat is caused by abundant fuel and extreme dry and windy conditions across the State of Texas and in Angelina County and extraordinary measures must be taken to alleviate the suffering of people and to protect and/or rehabilitate property."
The order states violators may be prosecuted in accordance with the statues and procedures governing misdemeanors.