County burn ban off, but could return at any time

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A man on Ross Avenue, just outside the Mexia city limits, takes advantage of the lifting of the burn ban by using a controlled burn to burn brush on his property Thursday morning. When Limestone County commissioners allowed the burn ban to expire at Monday’s meeting, they asked residents to use caution when burning outside. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Although the burn ban has been lifted, residents need to remember it could return any day and to call the Sheriff’s Office ahead of controlled burns outside the city.

Within the Mexia city limits, only certain burns are allowed.

“People inside the city can burn brush and that kind of thing,” said Mike Clements, Mexia Fire Department officer and EMS trainer. “They can’t burn trash, building materials, things like that. That’s not city rule, that’s state law. Besides brush, they can burn tree limbs and vegetation they’ve cleaned off their land.

“If it’s in the city limits, they need to come by here and get a burn permit, and that process brings one of us to them. We’ll look at where they’re going to burn and what’s around it – and determine whether or not it’s safe. Sometimes they don’t realize it’s not a good idea to burn where they are.”

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