Conroe, September 11 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court unanimously adopted a 90-day burn ban upon the recommendation of the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office after drought conditions exceeded 651 on the Keetch-Byram Drought Index. There were more than 30 wildfires in Montgomery County during the past weekend.
The ban goes into effect immediately, but the Commissioners court could withdraw it as soon as the current weather pattern relents and moisture levels return to normal conditions. Violation of the burn ban is a Class C Misdemeanor with fines up to $500.
According to Montgomery County Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams, “During a typical wildfire season, the vast majority of fires are the result of human activity, with outdoor burning responsible for as much as 90% of all wildfire starts.”
The Fire Marshal has reminded Montgomery County residents are reminded that the burning of household rubbish is prohibited year round in subdivisions and small tracts of land less than 5 acres in size. Violators can also be cited for a Class C Misdemeanor for burning trash at any time, regardless of whether or not a burn ban is in effect. .
All commercial burning is prohibited year round and land clearing debris may not be burned on the surface of the ground as it is a violation of state air quality regulations.