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Midland, Ector counties extend burn bans ahead of Independence Day

The bans will be in place for 90 days.

MIDLAND COUNTY, Texas — The Midland County Commissioner's Court announced Monday that an outdoor burning ban has been extended for the county ahead of Independence Day.

The ban will be in place for 90 days and is set to expire on Sept. 24. It was originally put in place on March 28, according to the Midland County website.

The decision to extend was made after the unincorporated areas of Midland County were determined to be under drought conditions by the Texas Forest Service.

A violation of the ban is a class C misdemeanor, punishable of a fine up to $500.

The county also suggests that those in rural areas keep approximately 30 feet mowed around their homes and outbuildings to help prevent a fire from reaching the structures.

Ector County also has a burn ban in effect at this time. The commissioners office says it voted to extend the ban another 90 days on Tuesday.

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