Denton County Judge Mary Horn instated a countywide burn restriction on Dec. 22 due to dry weather and the increased potential for uncontrolled wildfires.
The mandatory burn ban prohibits all outdoor burning, includes restrictions on outdoor welding and cutting torch operations, and the use of combustible materials.
Violation of the court ordered burn-ban is a class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.
Charcoal or gas patio grills and smokers are allowed provided they have a fully-enclosed lid that is utilized at all times and that at least 5 feet around the area is clear of vegetation and combustibles.
For more information regarding the ban, contact the Denton County Department of Emergency Services at 940-349-2840.