Court 'ratifies' disaster declaration

Scorched earth remained in areas where hundreds of acres burned in Hoover's Valley (pictured here) in Burnet County. Officials opted recently to keep a burn ban in place.




UPDATE: On Aug. 14, Burnet County Commissioners rescinded the Disaster Declaration but opted to continue a less restrictive ban on outdoor burning.

By Connie Swinney
Burnet Bulletin

Due to the worsening fire danger, Burnet County Commissioners Aug. 6 approved restricting outdoor burning including activities such as outdoor cooking and burning cactus for livestock feed as well as welding and grinding projects without safeguards.

The commissioners court took action in a 4-0 vote which essentially “ratified” a Declaration of Disaster and order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning (Sec. 418.108) issued July 30 by Burnet County Judge James Oakley.

Oakley's emergency order was set to expire in seven days and will now remain in effect indefinitely, pending action by the court or the judge.

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