Despite burn ban, county responds to four fires Thursday

By Jonathan Zweygardt
Hays Post – March 21, 2014

All forms of outdoor burning in Ellis County are banned, and anyone caught violating the burn ban can be charged with a misdemeanor and fined up to $500, Ellis County Fire Director Dick Klaus reminded
residents Friday.

On Monday, the Ellis County Commission adopted a resolution establishing a county-wide burn ban effective immediately.

Klaus stressed it is illegal to burn while the burn ban is in place. Despite that, he said county authorities received four reports of outdoor burning Thursday night and were called to extinguish one of the fires.

Detective Brad Ricke of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department said because the burn ban was enacted earlier this week officers still are educating the public.

“If we go there the first time there’s probably a pretty good chance, unless it was a really dangerous situation, you’re probably just going to get a warning,” he said, but said if the burning continues “we’re not really going to have any choice we’ve gotta enact this because it is dangerously dry.”

The Ellis County burn ban will remain in effect until both Klaus and the county commission deem the conditions have improved.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster