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Burn bans remain in effect for several West Texas counties

Burn Bans in our viewing areas (Sourece:  File video) Burn Bans in our viewing areas (Sourece: File video)
WEST TEXAS (KWES) -

Despite the recent storms, several West Texas counties remain under a burn ban.

Some of those counties include Reeves, Martin, Midland and Upton Counties.

Currently in New Mexico, Eddy County isn't under a burn ban at this time and we've reached out to officials in Lea County to see if a burn ban is in effect.

This is important for the South Eastern parts of New Mexico as most of that region is under a red flag warning.

We spoke with Chief Deputy Director, James Cleveland, with the Eddy County Fire Department. 

He said he discourages anyone from burning outside as fires can quickly grow out of control.

So if you are in a county with an active burn ban, don't burn any debris outside or start controlled burns.

If you get caught burning outside, you could receive a $500 fine.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality suggests other alternatives to burning like recycling, composting, or mulching.

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