TRINITY CO., TX (KTRE) - Trinity County Judge Doug Page has forwarded a Declaration of Disaster to the Governor's Office prohibiting the sale or use of fireworks in Trinity County effective immediately.
Judge Page is using Texas Government Code Chapter 418 that gives the county judge the power to declare a local disaster within the county if the threat of disaster is imminent.
The order states Trinity County has not had significant rainfall for an extended period of time, causing hot and dry conditions and those conditions pose an imminent threat of severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from the threat of wildfires due to drought, high winds, dry brush accumulations, and other weather-related conditions.
The order prohibits the sale and use of fireworks in Trinity County.
While asking the Governor for an extension of the 60 hour limit, Judge Page wrote "The purpose of the Order is the mitigation of the hazard posed by wildfires by curtailing the sale and use of all fireworks, which purpose is to be taken into account in any enforcement action based upon this Order."
A response from Governor Rick Perry is expected within the next 24 hours.