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MoCo Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams Says Illegal Burning Enforcement is Currently Increased Dramatically

The video is a wildfire in San Jacinto County on 8-16 that was threatening to jump FM 946 between Oakhurst and Coldspring.  Fire crews stopped it by burning off the side of the road and building containment lines with dozers and aircraft.

– Here’s why:

Burn Bans are in place across all of Southeast Texas as wildfire threat continues to increase daily.

Magnolia Firefighters were summoned to a wildfire before daylight this morning, marking the start of what is likely to be another busy day for Firefighters across Southeast Texas.  Each day this week, Magnolia crews have responded to wildfires due to careless outdoor burning.  These preventable wildfires have threatened numerous homes and two homes were damaged in a fire earlier this week.

A Montgomery County Deputy Fire Marshal was responding to the scene and as he entered the subdivision, another resident was already up and starting to burn trash in the yard of their home,  just a couple of blocks from the active wildfire.  That resident was cited for burning trash in a subdivision and violation of the County Burn Ban.  Both are Class C Misdemeanors punishable by fines up to $500.  Those that choose to burn is spite of the current fire danger can also be held responsible, both criminally and civilly, for the damage they cause.

Yesterday,  the Texas A&M Forest Service and all assigned resources responded to 19 new wildfires across Texas for 306 acres burned. 196 counties currently have burn bans in place.

Please follow local guidelines and adhere to burning restrictions.

Stay wildfire aware! Call 911 immediately if a wildfire is spotted!

San Jacinto County Wildfire – 8-16-23 on FM 946.

Magnolia Wildfire 8-15-23 –  tree “torching” next to a home in the Timberloch Estates Subdivision Fire that damaged two homes and threated at least 9 others

Magnolia Wildfire Damages Home –  One of the two homes damaged in the Timberloch Estates wildfire

Magnolia Wildfire Started by Trash Fire – photo of the burn pit where a resident was burning trash and started the Timberloch Estates wildfire

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