LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The City of Lufkin voted to extend the current burn ban for another 90 days.
The decision came from a unanimous vote and it prohibits all outdoor burning of brush, trees, storm debris and open campfires.
Burning of trash and construction material debris is never allowed in the city and the sale, possession, or use of fireworks is always prohibited by city ordinance.
Duane Freeman, interim Fire Marshal says that the city couldn't lift the ban due to the extreme drought conditions. He says the public should educate themselves on the ban to avoid fines.
"The general public just needs to learn about the current fire danger. We tend to be complacent, thinking that those situations will never happen to us. But, the truth is that it does. And even leaving charcoal in a grill can ignite a fire," he said.
To report burning inside the city limits of Lufkin during the burn ban, contact the non-emergency communications center at (936) 633-0356 or contact the Fire Marshal's office at (936) 633-0306.