The Johnson County Commissioners Court issued a burn ban for Johnson County, which took effect Jan. 26.

According to the order issued by County Judge Roger Harmon and the commissioners the countywide burn ban will be in effect until April 29, or until it is rescinded by the commissioners court.

According to the natural resources code, violation of the ban is a class C misdemeanor. Upon notification of suspected outdoor burning, the fire department assigned to the fire’s location “will respond to the scene and take immediate measures to contain and or extinguish the fire.”

Violations may be prosecuted at the discretion of a peace officer.

The order notes that exceptions to the ban are outdoor burn activities related to public health and safety authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for fire fighter training, public utilities, natural gas, pipeline or mining operations, or those burns prescribed by a certified burn manager.

For further information, contact County Judge Roger Harmon’s office at 817-556-6361.