County lifts burn ban until Dec. 13

Williamson County Commissioners on Tuesday lifted the burn ban until Dec. 13.

The following restrictions apply to citizens while burning:

* Stay aware of current weather conditions, i.e. Red Flag Warnings

* Fires must be attended at all times with a spotter

* Fires need to be extinguished before dark

* Residents need to report their controlled burn to local fire departments to avoid unnecessary service calls.

The status of the burn band lift is in effect for one week and will be monitored on a daily basis.

Fire Chief Bruce Watson of the Williamson County Emergency Services District #4 said Williamson County has been under a burn ban since August 2010.

“We want to extend our deepest appreciation to all of our citizens residing within E.S.D. No. 4 who adhered to the burn ban provisions, who were proactive on reporting smoke or fires at a early stage and cautious when using permissible devices during the burn ban,” he said. “I just want to remind everyone once the burn ban is lifted, make sure you notify county dispatch that you will be burning brush (512-943-1389), have a water source available ( garden hose from your home, tank with a pump, etc) a cell phone or telephone near by, someone must stay with the control burn at all times, the burn pile needs to be at least 300 feet from any structure (in all directions).”

Watson said if the smoke from a control burn becomes irritating to neighbors in the area or crosses a roadway and disrupts traffic,  the fire will be extinguished.

“A good rule of thumb for a pile, four x four (across)  x four (high) it burns quickly and you feed it as you go so that you meet the burn period of operations set by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality,” he said.

Control burns may be started one hour after sunrise and must be extinguished and covered up one hour before dark.

Regardless of the countywide lift of the burn ban, citizens living within the city limits of Liberty Hill are still prohibited from burning, Watson said.