Clay County Commissioners issued an order to restrict outdoor burning effective for 30 days during Monday’s meeting.
The burn ban will expire Feb. 27 unless commissioners see fit to extend it. Commissioners also have the option to lift the ban if the county receives sufficient rainfall.
The order does not prohibit outdoor burning activities related to public health and safety, including agricultural burning and prescribed burns. Welding is permitted when conducted with a spotter and 100 gallons of water in a sprayer. Outdoor cooking is permitted in an enclosed container, but not on an open flame.
Those conducting controlled burns for agricultural or brush control purposes are devised to contact the Clay County Sheriff’s Office at (940) 538-5611, as well as all neighbors. It is also advised that a local volunteer fire department be on scene.
A violation of the burn ban could result in a Class C misdemeanor with a fine of not more that $500.
January is historically the county’s driest month. This year, the area has received only a trace of precipitation.