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Keep fires out and area safe

It’s almost like somebody heard the county’s leaders discussing the need for a burn ban Monday after weeks of little to no rainfall.
The rain that hit the Ennis and greater Ellis County area within minutes of the burn ban’s passage does not absolve us from our need to be extremely careful during the coming weeks, however.
The 90-day ban will stay in effect until county officials determine ground moisture has increased to an acceptable level. We’re deep into drought-stage readings at the moment, but the rain that has come so far and the precipitation that is expecting through the rest of this week will help.
During the ban (and frankly, even when the ban is lifted), residents need to exercise extreme caution. The last thing we want is for unintentional blazes to begin because of negligence, even in things as simple as throwing out a cigarette butt.
The fire protection we have in the area is extremely good coverage, but there is only so much that can be brought to bear in the area. While we live relatively close to a huge metro area, we are rural, and the large tracts of dry foliage and potential for wind that make living here nice can be a danger when it gets as dry as it has been.
So take extra steps — refrain from burning or otherwise dispensing, emitting, exploding, detonating, throwing off or otherwise delivering any spark or fire to, or in the area of, any combustible material. That includes fireworks, trash, debris, agricultural products, leaves, trees and paper unless those materials are burned in a completely enclosed receptacle.
The consequences of ignoring those rules are real. County officials can and will issue warnings and citations, and violation of a burn ban is considered a misdemeanor crime.
Keep it cool while we’re suffering through this hot summer and keep the area safe by not burning through the ban.

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