JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County Judge Wes Suiter issued a county-wide burn ban Thursday.
Earlier Thursday, Jasper County Judge Mark Allen issued a burn-ban for his county.
The proclamation stated that the burn ban was issued because Jasper County "is in imminent threat of widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life of property resulting from county wide drought conditions" In the proclamation, Allen said the drought conditions have created a public safety hazard that would be made worse by outdoor burning.
As part of the ban, all outdoor burning or outdoor burning of trash, brush, trees, storm debris, construction material debris, or open campers is prohibited until the order is lifted.
The order doesn't ban outdoor burning activities related to public health and safety that are authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. It also doesn't apply to prescribed burns by the U.S. Forest Service.
Any violation of the burn ban will be a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500.
Other East Texas counties under a burn ban include Anderson, Cherokee, Harrison, Houston, Marion, Panola, Sabine, and Tyler counties.