Fireworks, burn ban in place
PNT staff writer
The Roosevelt Commission held a special meeting in which it passed an emergency ordinance to restrict the sale and use of fireworks and banning open burning for 30 days, effective immediately.
The ban will include camp fires, open fires, open burning of vegetation or rubbish and any other smoke-producing substance and material that creates a fire safety hazard.
Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Webb reported that Fire Chief Gary Nuckols said Roosevelt County’s drought conditions have worsen and an emergency ban for 30 days is recommended.
The commission also approved the notice of intent to amend the ordinances of burning and restricting the sale or use of fireworks.
Webb said the burning ordinance’s language needed to be clean up, including basing a burn ban decision on severe or extreme drought conditions as determined by the National Weather Service and adding trash burning in the ordinance.
The fire chief may issue a written authorization for an exemption to open burning only when conditions are met for a safe burning.