Burn ban in effect

Ector County Commissioners approved a burn ban across Ector County Thursday, effective immediately.

An Ector County Sheriff’s Office news release said the ban will last 90 days, but could be extended upon its expiration.

The release said the ban was passed to ensure Ector County citizens are safe from any fires that could be caused by accidental ignition from open flames and blowing burning material.

Because of the amount of dry grass and vegetation throughout the county, the National Weather Service predicts significant winds in the days ahead could start a fire quickly, the release stated.

Citizens can still burn their household trash in a proper container with a proper grate on top to keep burning material from escaping, the release detailed.

The release added that ECSO will begin issuing burn ban citations two weeks after the ban was enacted.