Midland County lifts burn ban

Midland County announced Monday that it has canceled its current burn ban.
Midland County lifts burn ban.
Midland County lifts burn ban.(KOSA)
Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 1:06 PM CDT
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MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - According to Midland County Emergency Management Coordinator Justin Bunch, the decision was made by the Commissioner’s Court due to recent rains and forecasted weather.

The burn ban in Midland County was set to last until June 22, but thanks to recent rainfall, commissioners canceled it effective Monday, May 10th.

Burn bans are meant to prevent the spread of wildfires by restricting outdoor burning during droughts.

But with recent rain and other drought improvements, it is now ok to burn trash and clear up brush outside of the Midland City limits.

If you are planning to start a controlled burn, Rusty Winn, the Midland County Arson Investigator says a few things that are still off-limits to burn, “you can’t burn any sort of treated wood, so any sort of pallets, old furniture, anything like that. Plastics are a violation of the clean air act, tires, pretty much anything that is going to make super black smoke, it’s a good indication that you can’t burn it.”

If you are planning to start a controlled burn, it is recommended to notify the non-emergency dispatcher which is 432-685-7499 in Midland County.

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