Cameron County to initiate burn ban

Cameron County to initiate burn ban

POSTED: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 4:31pm

UPDATED: Friday, April 12, 2013 - 8:00am

Cameron County Commissioners voted today to restrict all outdoor burning of any ground debris for the next 30 days (beginning April 12) after making a finding that circumstances present in the unincorporated area created a public safety hazard that would be exacerbated by outdoor burning.


“Based on the Texas Forest Service’s determination that drought conditions exist, Cameron County Commissioners wisely concluded that an outdoor burn ban was the next logical step as a public safety measure,” said Cameron County Emergency Management Coordinator Humberto Barrera. “Drought conditions exist due to the presence of dry and cured fuels; therefore, any measures to reduce the possibility of exacerbating the matter will go a long way in reducing loss of life and property.”


Beginning tomorrow, residents are instructed not to burn leaves, grass, brush, or any other material during the next 30 calendar days. Outdoor burn permits, which are required in order to start an outdoor burn with or without a burn ban in place, will not be issued by the County Fire Marshal Service during this period.

Questions in reference to the outdoor burn ban may be made to the Cameron County Judge’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Fire Marshal Service (956) 547-7000.

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