A new Burn Ban is now in effect.
The Walker County Commissioners Court has voted to implement the “Burn Ban” for Walker County. The “Burn Ban” is in effect until further notice. Burning in barrels is still permitted, however.
A person violates this order if they burn any materials or substances outside–this includes household trash in a barrel. You also may not order such burning by others. This is a historic time for the state of Texas with the drought and wildfires. Residents are urged to curtail any outdoor activity that could start a wildfire such as:
- Use of an LPG grill for outdoor cooking. Do not use charcoal or wood burning pits as the hot coals can easily ignite dry grass for hours and days after use.
- Do not weld, cut, or grind metal within 25 feet of anything that will burn.
- Do not discard cigarettes out the window.
- Maintain mechanical equipment used in agriculture and trailers used on the roadway. One of the largest fires in East Texas started from an axle problem on a trailer that overheated and started a roadside fire.