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El Paso county renews fire ban

El Paso, Texas-The cooler temperatures and the rain we’ve received is not sufficient enough to lift El Paso County’s burn ban.

El Paso County Commissioners Court enacted the 90 day-day burn ban in El Paso County. Which this means it will cost you $500 if a sheriff’s deputy catches you burning your trash or anything else fire related .

El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar says the ban is necessary to control dangerous fire conditions due to strong winds and limited rainfall.
Escobar says county officials consult with Fire Marshals before making a decision.

The ban has been in place since 2011, Escobar says they’ve seen fires decrease in the county. “We would see stories of folks in the unincorporated areas who were burning their garbage especially during the windy season” Escobar said.

All outdoor burning is prohibited with the exception of activities authorized and permitted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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