Hill and Bosque county officials implemented burn bans last week as grass fire calls picked up in both counties and hot, dry conditions persisted.
The Bosque County Commissioners Court issued a 90-day burn ban Monday, June 20, after which several fireworks stands in the county voluntarily pulled aerial fireworks from their shelves.
Hill County Judge Justin Lewis issued a disaster declaration Friday, June 24, citing recent wildland fires and the continued threat to the county. The order also bans the sale and use of all fireworks, although commercial/professional firework displays are still permitted.
The judge’s emergency order is effective for seven days, and the Hill County Commissioners Court was scheduled to consider extending the ban in a regular meeting set for Tuesday, June 28.