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March 20, 2013

Arrest made for prohibited burn

GREENVILLE — One person has been arrested in connection with a reported illegal burn near Merit.

Hunt County Fire Marshal Richard Hill said the arrest came this afternoon as his office responded to a report of a controlled burn:

"We've arrested one for a prohibited burn right now," Hill said. "We've got one in custody."

It was not immediately known if the arrest was in connection to the burning of prohibited materials, or whether the individual involved did not take the necessary precautions with the controlled burn.

Hunt County is listed under "high" fire danger conditions today by the Texas A&M Forest Service, due to the continued drought and gusting winds.

The county is not currently under a burn ban, although there are still certain restrictions to outdoor burning. The burning of household trash is only permissible during daylight hours and the wind speed cannot be greater than 23 mph. Natural materials, such as brush and limbs can be burned, but not treated or painted lumber. No prohibited material — including but not limited to rubber, plastics, wire, insulation and furniture — can be burned, and a responsible person must be present during active burning.

 

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