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Dry, windy weather prompts burn ban




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Wilson County News
February 5, 2014 | 3,113 views | 1 comment

Unless current weather conditions improve, all unincorporated areas of Wilson County are under a burn ban until April 28. The Wilson County Commissioners Court, at its Jan. 27 meeting, voted unanimously to restrict outdoor burning after two recent incidents led to homes being damaged.

The second of those incidents was Jan. 23, when a vacant house and garage at the corner of U.S. 87 and Blackjack Road south of La Vernia caught fire. Chief Jason Scheel of the La Vernia Volunteer Fire Department said the blaze was reported at 1:57 p.m., when the screen blew off a burn barrel. Scheel said the day’s high winds blew embers toward the two structures.

Firefighters from La Vernia, Sutherland Springs, and Stockdale -- who were in service for approximately four hours -- were able to save an adjacent mobile home that sustained minor damage. There were no injuries.

This fire was just five days after a nearby blaze on Oak View Drive rendered a family’s manufactured home a total loss. Officials said that fire started when debris from trash burned the day before rekindled, spreading to nearby grass before igniting the structure.

“People have to make good, sound judgment when making a decision to burn,” Scheel said. “When using a burn barrel, use a screen with openings no more than a quarter inch.”

During a burn ban, burning of household trash is permitted during daylight hours and only in a screened burn barrel. Agricultural burning only is allowed with prior approval of the Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office, which can be reached at 830-393-8503.

Those who violate a burn ban are subject to a $500 fine, and could be civilly liable for property damage.

For more about the burn ban, click the link at www.wilsoncountynews.com.
 

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