KAUFMAN COUNTY, Texas — The Kaufman County Commissioners’ Court ordered a burn ban on Tuesday morning, July 3, 2018, after a recommendation by Kaufman County Fire Marshal Randy Richards.

The burn ban will remain in effect for the unincorporated areas of the county for the next 45 days unless it is extended or terminated early.

The order does not prohibit the use of fireworks, according to Richards. Most cities, however, prohibit the use or sale of fireworks within their city limits.

The order also does not prohibit outdoor burning activities related to public health and safety including firefighter training, public utility operation, planting and harvesting of agricultural crops, and burns that are conducted by a certified and insured prescribed burn manager, according to the order.

Prescribed burns should be reported prior to commencing to Kaufman County dispatch at (972) 932-9799 and the Kaufman County Fire Marshal’s Office at (469) 376-4111.

A violation of the burn ban is a class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.