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County Commissioners’ vote
By Barbara Anderson/The Hesperian-Beacon—
An outdoor burn order for Floyd County has been extended for all incorporated areas of Floyd County, according to an order issued last week by the Floyd County Commissioners Court.
The order stipulates certain criteria for burning outdoors, including burning material outside of an enclosure that must have a cover.
“The cover is to be of a mesh construction having holes small enough to prevent most debris from escaping the enclosure during burning,” the order states.
Also, the order stipulates a way of extinguishing the fire must be available.
“A person violates this order if while burning he does not possess a means for extinguishing a fire,” the order states, “including an amount of water or fire extinguisher device that would be rea-sonable to extinguish a fire that is a foreseeable result of the intended burning.”
The order also gives the local fire department responding to an outside burn the authority to “take immediate measures to contain and/or extinguish the fire.” Also, it states the local fire marshal and/or peace officer will be sent to investigate the scene of the fire.
Anyone in violation of the order faces a Class C misdemeanor charge punishable by a fine up to $5,00, according to the order.
The burn order will expire on Jan. 11, 2021, unless other action is taken by the commissioner’s court or the county judge, the order states.