Thursday, May 26, 2022

Randall County bans the sale and use of fireworks

Randall County has issued a “Declaration of Local Disaster”, effective immediately, in response to the growing threat of wildfire throughout the County, passed as an emergency measure and pursuant to Section 418.108(c) of the Texas Government Code. In addition, a Disaster Declaration was issued by Governor Greg Abbott, March 18, 2022 for 11 Texas counties including Randall County.

Recent high temperatures, followed by several days of low humidity, have created near-perfect conditions for wildfires and the number of fires has steadily increased over the past few days. Regardless of the recent moisture, the benefits are not long-lasting due to the high drought conditions. Residents are encouraged to remain weather-aware and practice wildfire safety, particularly in grassland rural areas, to keep communities safe.

In response to these fires and the imminent threat of a disastrous wildfire, the Randall County Commissioners Court has issued a Local Disaster Declaration expressly prohibiting the sale, use, and discharge of all fireworks in Randall County.  

The fireworks restrictions continue for all of Randall County until 7 a.m. on July 5, 2022. The declaration can be lifted if drought conditions significantly improve within the next month. Under the outdoor burn ban, all burning is prohibited in unincorporated Randall County until further notice. Violation of the Outdoor Burn Ban is a class C Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500. 

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