Outdoor burn ban removed for rural areas of county

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UPDATED: Dec. 18, 2017 -- The Collin County Commissioners Court rescinded an outdoor burn ban for unincorporated areas of the county, as recent rains lowered the risk of wild fires in rural areas. 

Dec. 13, 2017: County Judge Keith Self issued an outdoor burn ban for unincorporated areas of Collin County effective Dec. 13, 2017, due to extremely dry conditions in rural areas.

The 90-day ban will be formally confirmed at the next Commissioners Court, and will remain in effect until March 13, 2018, unless the Texas Forest Service or the Commissioners Court determines that it is no longer necessary.

The 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; or (3) burns that are conducted by a prescribed burn manager certified under Section 153.048, Natural Resources Code, and meet the standards of Section 153.047, Natural Resources Code.

Authority for the ban falls under Local Government Code 352.081 and other applicable statutes.

The full text of the outdoor burn ban can be read here.