FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Tarrant County Commissioner’s Court has approved an outdoor burning ban for Tarrant County effective Dec. 4. The ban will be in place for the next 90 days.

Due to the abnormally dry conditions this season and expected gusty winds this winter, the Tarrant County Fire Marshal believes the area “is under imminent threat of severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from the threat of wildfires.”

A violation of the Court Order is a class C misdemeanor punishable with a fine of up to $500.

For rural residents, the fire marshal recommends that homeowners keep a distance of 30 feet mowed around your home and buildings to prevent a fire from reaching your structures.

For guidelines surrounding outdoor cooking or welding during the ban, visit

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