Bexar County now under burn ban

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The Bexar County Commissioners’ Court approved a ban on outdoor burning in unincorporated Bexar County Tuesday morning. The ban goes into effect immediately.

“Since January 2017, there have been over 650 grass fires in the Bexar County area. I urge all residents to be diligent and remove any fuel sources of wildfires such as dry brush piles,” said Bexar County Fire Marshal Chris Lopez.

Under the ban, you are restricted to burning household waste in burn barrels with metal wire mesh screens that prevent the spread of sparks and flames. The order prohibits all other outdoor burning unless authorized by the County Fire Marshal, or burning for firefighting training; public utility, natural gas pipeline and mining operations; or harvesting of agricultural crops.

A violation of the burn ban is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by $500 fine.

CLICK HERE for more information on wildfire risk and outdoor burning guidelines…

The 100-acre wildland fire in Blanco County earlier in July was a big wakeup call on just how fast we are drying out. In these tinder dry conditions like we see here all over the county, all over the city, fire can start from the smallest of flames and quickly spread and all of a sudden you've got yourself a wildland fire on your hands

Tina Neely Lopez, the Wildland Urban Interface Specialist for Bexar County explains why overgrown areas can be so dangerous even though they may look like just green grass blowing in the breeze.

"But down underneath that as well as some of this taller grass that's really light fuel when it grows back and it's exposed to the heat that we've been having, it's a very significant fire danger because that type of stuff ignites and it burns very readily."

There are some things we can all do. Keep trees trimmed around your house for one and…

"Within the first five feet of your house it's better to have something that's non-combustible like gravel or mulch," explains Neely Lopez.

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