SAN ANGELO – Tom Green County Commissioners wasted no time Tuesday morning enacting a ban on all outdoor burning effective 9 a.m. Tuesday until further notice.
The purpose of a burn ban is to protect life and property from wildfires that could burn out of control.
The hot dry weather has also prompted the National Weather Service office in San Angelo to issue a Fire Weather Watch for Thursday afternoon.
The burn ban prohibits outdoor burning of any kind, especially burning trash or debris because of the danger of wildfires in times of hot and dry weather.
Exceptions to the burn ban include prescribed burns and certain agriculture related burns that are performed by certified professionals and logged with the Tom Green County Sheriff's office and area Volunteer Fire Departments.
All other outdoor burning, including grilling and welding, is highly discouraged.
Tom Green County Judge Lane Carter has the authority to rescind the burn ban if there is enough rain or if weather conditions change enough to eliminate the danger of wildfires burning out of control.