County begins burn ban

December 15, 2012

The burn ban is back – and it’s necessary.

That’s according to Fire Marshal Brian Fine, who announced earlier in the week that the county commissioners voted to place Hood County under a burn ban for 90 days. The ban started Tuesday.

For those who plan to use fireworks to celebrate heading into New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, the ban also includes fireworks that have “sticks and fins” according to the Hood County Fireworks Policy, Fine added.

“With the lack of rain and the recent hard freeze, it has placed Hood County and many of the surrounding counties in a very high fire danger,” Fine said. “The fuels are very dry, and with the fact we have been seeing higher winds the last few weeks the potential for a destructive wildfire is high.”

Fine noted that “some of the worst” fire seasons in this area have been over the months of December and January.

“Back in 2005/2006 we saw many major fires across the region and a very destructive fire in (the) Canyon Creek area of Hood County,” Fine said. “Anyone doing activity that may cause a fire is asked to be very cautious, and if a fire starts call 911 immediately.”

Fine explained that it can be a mistake to wait too long to call 911 for help when a fire erupts.

“We would rather get there and keep it to a minor fire than have someone wait because they think they can control or extinguish it and then realize that it is beyond their capabilities.”

If you have questions about the fireworks issue or about the burn ban, contact the Hood County Fire Marshal’s Office by calling 817-579-3335.

[email protected] | 817-573-7066, ext. 254

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