ORDER PROHIBITING OUTDOOR BURNING

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Sep 19, 2014

WHEREAS, the Commissioners Court finds that circumstances present in all or part of the unincorporated area of the county create a public safety hazard that would be exacerbated by outdoor burning;

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED by the Commissioners Court of Harrison County that outdoor burning is prohibited in unincorporated areas of the county, with the following exceptions; (1) those provided in State Law; (2) outdoor cooking only in enclosed pits or grills for 90 days from the date of adoption of this Order, unless the restrictions are terminated earlier based on a determination made by: (1) the Commissioners Court or (2) the County Judge based on a determination that the circumstances that required the Order no longer exist.

This Order is adopted pursuant to Local Government Code Section 352.081, and other applicable statutes. This Order does not prohibit outdoor burning activities related to public health and safety that are authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for: (1) firefighter training; (2) public utility, natural gas pipeline or mining operations; (3) planting or harvesting of agricultural crops; or, (4) burns that are conducted by a prescribed burn manager certified under Natural Resources Code Section 153.048 and meet the standards of Natural Resources Code Section 153.047.

In accordance with Local Government Code Section 352.081 (h), a violation of this Order is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00.

ADOPTED this 8 day of September, 2014 by a vote of 4 ayes and 0 nays.

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