Court of Commissioners declares local state of disaster
Texas Border Affairs
EDINBURGH – The Hidalgo County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to declare a local state of disaster due to current and recent wildfires.
More than 800 acres have burned in four separate wildfires in Hidalgo County and current weather conditions are ideal for more wildfires, which “poses an imminent threat of disaster”, the five-year court has determined. members.
The statement was made at an emergency meeting of the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court and will help facilitate recovery efforts as well as enact additional safety measures. It is effective immediately and remains in effect until the Court of Commissioners terminates the order.
“Public safety is our first priority and these wildfires can pose an unpredictable danger,” said Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez.
In addition to the disaster declaration, the Court of Commissioners issued a burning ban for unincorporated areas of the county. The burning ban extends to incorporated towns that do not have a fire department.
The burning ban comes into effect on Wednesday, April 6 and will remain in effect for 90 days. The ban may be lifted sooner if the Texas Forest Service declares that Hidalgo County is no longer in drought conditions.
The ban prohibits most open burning, except burns authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for things such as fire training; public utility or mining operations; and planting or harvesting crops.
The Hidalgo County Fire Marshal also has the ability to issue “burn permits” that would allow households in unincorporated areas to burn trash.