Potter, Hemphill counties now under burn ban

Potter County is joining several other counties in the Panhandle that are under a burn ban.

POTTER COUNTY, TX (KFDA) - Potter County is joining several other counties in the Panhandle that are under a burn ban.

This morning, the Potter County Commissioners Court approved a burn ban in the county. The ban will be in place for 90 days.

Hemphill County is now also under an active burn ban.

Hemphill County is under an active Burn Ban effective February 11, 2019. The Commissioner Court finds that...

Posted by Hemphill County Sheriff's Office on Monday, February 11, 2019

Other counties under a burn ban include Oldham, Castro, Arsmstrong, Donley, Briscoe, Hall and Childress.

This is the latest map from the Texas A&M Forest Service, detailing which counties are under a burn ban as of Feb. 11, 2019.

This map shows which counties are under a burn ban as of Feb. 11, 2019. (Source: Texas A&M Forest Service)
This map shows which counties are under a burn ban as of Feb. 11, 2019. (Source: Texas A&M Forest Service)

Burn bans prohibit the creation of any open flames outside. That means fire pits, campfires, uncovered grills and open burning of trash are all banned because of high fire danger.

If you violate a burn ban, that’s a Class C Misdemeanor, meaning you could be facing a fine of up to $500.

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