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Hunt County joins burn ban list, record climbs


By Scott Harvey

Greenville – The record number of Texas counties under burn bans has now hit 247, as Hunt County Commissioners Monday afternoon approved the item.

According to Fire Marshall Richard Hill, the ban goes into effect immediately and residents caught illegally burning within the first few days will be educated on the law. Fines could be issued thereafter.

The ban restricts residents in the unincorporated portions of the county from conducting any outdoor burning.

Also today, Hopkins County formally proclaimed a burn ban, days after declaring a disaster declaration.

The Texas Forest Service says the previous record, before this year's drought, was set in January 2006 with 221 counties having outdoor burn bans. That mark was passed last month.