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Just don’t start a fire with it – burn ban’s on

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WAXAHACHIE - Despite the recent burn ban enacted by the Ellis County Commissioners, residents living in areas where burning trash is normally permitted can still burn refuse if done inside a container with a screen cover to maintain flames and sparks.

Commissioners unanimously approved the burn ban during their last regular meeting Aug. 13 after the Texas Forest Service determined drought conditions existed in all of Ellis County.

The order went into effect immediately.

'A person violates this order if he knowingly or intentionally

burns any combustible material outside of an enclosure which serves to contain all flames and/or sparks, or orders such burning by others,' the written order stated. First-time violators will receive a warning. Thereafter, violators can be prosecuted on a Class C misdemeanor. The order does not apply to firefighter training; public utility, natural gas or mining operations; and planting or harvesting of agricultural crops. The burn ban will be effective for 90 days unless sooner expired by a determination made by the Texas Forest Service determining drought conditions no longer exist in all of Ellis County.

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