Some Indoor S’Mores, Central Texas? Burn Ban Extended for Bell County
Despite the recent cold front blowing in, KWTX is reporting that Central Texas should have great weather this weekend. However, there is a down side.
With no rain, lots of sunshine, and stronger winds around for the next few days, fire danger remains a concern in this area. Last week, Bell County Commissioners voted to extend the burn ban through March 28, 2022.
You can enjoy the weekend weather and be outside, but don’t do any outdoor burning. Any fires that start will have the potential to grow and spread rapidly, due to weather conditions.
Recent Fires in Central Texas
A very recent example of how quickly a fire can spread on dry grass in Central Texas was reported by the Killeen Daily Herald.
A recreational vehicle caught on fire Wednesday afternoon in south Killeen, and ignited some nearby grass, according to a city official. Just under a quarter acre of grass was burnt along Onion Road, but fortunately was extinguished by Killeen firefighters shortly after it began.
Can I Barbeque During a Burn Ban?
Yes, you can use your grill this weekend. There is no restriction on cooking outdoors during a burn ban, as long as it does not involve an open flame. Obviously, use common sense, keep the grill away from any dry grass, have extra water on hand, and if it's super windy, just eat something else!
However, burning trash - even in a barrel - is restricted by the current burn ban in Bell County. A burn barrel constitutes an 'open flame'.
Violation of the burn ban in Bell County is a class C misdemeanor and is punishable by fine up to $500.00.
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