LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County Commissioners voted to implement a 90-day county-wide burn ban Friday morning.
According to the wording of the order, all outdoor burning is banned in the unincorporated areas of Angelina County. The ban will remain in effect for 90 days unless Angelina County Judge Wes Suiter rescinds the ban.
A violation of the burn ban would be considered a Class C misdemeanor, and it would be punishable by a fine of up to $500.
Angelina County is now the eighth county in Deep East Texas to implement a burn ban because of the lingering hot, dry weather conditions. The counties of Nacogdoches, Houston, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, and Trinity are also under burn bans.
"We looked at the drought indexes as published by the Texas Forest Services," said Angelina County Judge Wes Suiter. "We are pretty high on the list right now. We have some parts of the county that are just above the drought index and we have some parts that are almost at the maximum levels of the drought, so how do you pick and choose. The county either has to be under a ban or not."
"August is typically the hottest and driest time of the year, which just about everybody knows and that's not the time to be burning outside, unless you are a professional, and you really know what you're doing, but even then it can be pretty dicey," John Boyett, a district forester for the Texas A&M Forest Service, said in a previous East Texas News story about Nacogdoches County's burn ban.