Set a fire outdoors and pay up to $500; that's how much the fine is for disobeying the burn ban that's been in effect for nearly a week. The Lubbock County Sheriff's Office is handing out citations for those who don't listen, NewsChannel 11's Kealey McIntire tells us why.
The Sheriff's Department and local fire departments are now putting out illegal fires. The owner of land in east Lubbock County thought the weather was nice enough Wednesday, because it wasn't windy, so he went against the ban and burned trash anyway. The sheriff's office says that's unacceptable.
"One gust of wind picks up one ember and sets a field on fire it could be disastrous and we simply can't do that here in Lubbock," said Lubbock County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Paul Scarborough.
The cost for breaking the burn ban is up to $500. You can't burn anything that can easily spread that means no burning trash, leaves or lighting campfires.
The ban will remain in effect until the drought is over.
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