DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES
Fire Marshal ▪ Homeland Security ▪ Emergency Management
9060 Teasley Lane ▪ Denton, Texas 76210 ▪ (940) 349-2840 ▪ FAX (940) 349-2841
For Immediate Release: For More Information Contact:
Date: December 6, 2017 Eric Gildersleeve
Time: 9:00A.M. Denton County Emergency Services
Denton County Issues Mandatory Burn Ban
Denton County Judge Mary Horn today instated a Local Disaster Declaration for Threat of Wildland
Fires Due to Dry Conditions in Denton County.
Denton County Judge Mary Horn, in the interest of fire safety and fire prevention, is asking for
the cooperation of all Denton County residents with respect to outdoor burning. High winds, low
humidity, and dead/dormant vegetation have contributed to the risk of large and destructive
wildfires. At risk are homes, valuable property, and lives. Denton County has experienced an
increase in wildfires this season with several burning multiple acres. Some fires are the result of
careless or negligent outdoor burning, some are the result of discarded burning materials or
cigarettes, and other fires have been started by mechanical malfunctions and welding.
Denton County is experiencing dry weather with little chance for relief in the immediate future.
Denton County is currently classified in severe drought conditions according to the U.S. Drought
Monitor Map and has the highest Keetch-Byram Drought Index within North Central Texas.
The Denton County burning ban will continue until drought conditions are alleviated.
The mandatory Burn Ban will eliminate all outdoor burning, include restrictions on outdoor hot work
(welding and cutting torch operations), and the use of combustible materials. Violation of the
County Judge Executive ordered burn-ban is a class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed
County Judge Mary Horn stated, “Prevention of potential wildland fires is essential to the safety
of County residents. Wildfires can be devastating and difficult on everyone, especially farmers
and ranchers; wildfires can destroy not only lives and property, but livelihood as well. With
everyone’s help we can make our communities a safer place to live and enjoy life.”
Denton County Emergency Services Chief Jody Gonzalez stated, “Citizens should take measures to
protect their home by removing unwanted combustible debris and vegetation away from their homes and
be sure to keep water hoses ready accessible in the event a small fire starts. Always call 911
early to notify your fire department of any fire to assure a faster response and that complete
extinguishment has occurred.