The commissioners court ordered the outdoor burning of all substances in Coryell County to be prohibited, effective June 24 for 90 days, unless terminated earlier.

A violation of this order is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.

The drought index for Coryell County has climbed and is expected to increase significantly in the coming weeks, the order stated.

Exceptions for burning include firefighter training, public utility, natural gas pipeline or mining operations, planting or harvesting of agricultural crops, burns that are conducted by a prescribed burn manager according to the Natural Resources Code and welding with a spotter and sufficient water sources.

There are no restrictions for fireworks; however, the county is requesting safety and caution be used during the upcoming holiday season, a Coryell County news release stated.

Contact Alexandra Cole at or (254) 501-7470.

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