Madison County Judge Tony Leago ordered a burn ban for the county Monday, citing a Keetch-Byran Drought Index between 500-600 and sometimes windy conditions.
The order will last for seven days, unless extended by county commissioners.
Under the order, the following activities are prohibited:
- All outdoor burning of any combustible material is prohibited. A person violates this Order if he burns any combustible material or orders such burning by others. This Order does not prohibit cooking stoves fueled by "white gasoline" or outdoor cooking grills fueled by propane or natural gas. This Order does not prohibit outdoor cooking events that are continuously monitored or overseen by fire department personnel and equipment capable of extinguishing any fire that may result from such activities.
- The sale and use of all fireworks.
- Outdoor welding is prohibited except under the following guidelines:
- A spotter is required for each welder, each cutter, and each grinder and for any activity that causes or may cause a spark.
- A diameter around the welding area shall be a minimum of 25 feet and clear vegetation, if possible and kept wet.
- A minimum of one (1) water pressure fire extinguisher per spotter is required and one spare.
- Each extinguisher should be at least 2½ gallons.
- Each welding rig must have a Class B Chemical Fire Extinguisher, minimum 10 lbs.
- If the work area cannot be cleared of vegetation proper precautionary measures must be taken.
- Example: protecting brush, etc., by utilizing fire resistant tarps.
- No welding is permitted if winds are 20 mph or greater.
- Prior to ANY outdoor welding activity a phone call shall be placed by the welder or company conducting welding operations, to the Madison County Sheriffs Department (936/348-2755) relaying the location of the project, cell phone number for the contact person, name of party responsible, and name of welder.