Wildfire risk prompts county to ban fireworks discharge

The emergency order will run until June 30

From Parker County Judge’s Office

Parker County has declared a state of emergency due to the drought and prohibits the release of fireworks in the county.

Due to the current severe drought and the risk of individuals releasing fireworks into dry grass, trees and brush, Parker County Judge Pat Dean has signed a local emergency declaration due to the drought and prohibits the release of any fireworks. Parker County will take effect immediately.

This order does not prohibit the sale of fireworks, only exports.

This order does not affect local fireworks at Weatherford or Hudson Oaks.

This emergency declaration and ban will apply for 60 hours and will last until midnight on Thursday, June 30. The emergency order and restraining order were sent to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Gov. Greg Abbott is being asked to extend his fireworks declaration and ban until July 5, 2022.

Currently, Parker County is listed as 100% unusually dry, and 66.85% Parker County is also classified as a severe drought. Also, the Kitch-Beer Drought Index (KBDI) Fire Extinguisher Index, expected by the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M Forest Service, is the current KBDI for Parker County at 590 * KDBI by June. A.D. 27, 2022. Parker County is also experiencing wildfires in the county, and local fire departments have responded to 28 wildfires and 61 wildfires by June.

“Due to severe drought and fire hazards in Parker County, it is important to consider the risks that private use of fireworks can pose to residents, property and first responders,” said Parker County Judge Pat Dein. “In celebration of Independence Day, please consider attending one of the permitted public exhibitions in Parker County.”

“Parker County is very dry and we are concerned that individuals are setting fires and endangering people, cattle and property. This is a safety measure for all Parker County and we fully support this statement,” said Sen. Parker County Fire and Emergency Management Coordinator. Hughes said.

All Parker County residents have been asked not to allow private fireworks until the county receives heavy rainfall.

Call the Parker County Fire Marshall Office at 817-598-0969 for more information on firefighting statements and orders.

* Kate-Beer Drought Index (KBDI)

0 – 200: Soil moisture and large part fuel moisture are high and do not contribute much to fire resistance. Common in early spring after winter rains.

200 – 400: Fuel starts to dry out and contributes to the strength of wildfires. Heavy fuels still do not burn easily. This is usually seen in late spring or early summer.

400 – 600: The lower layers of debris and debris contribute to the strength of the fire and are actively burned. The intensity of wildfire begins to increase significantly. Large fuels can burn or burn for several days. This is usually seen in late summer and early autumn.

600 – 800 ፡ A wildfire often associated with severe drought. A very strong and deep fire can be expected. Direct fuels are expected to be active at these stages.

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