Smith County issues citation for violating burning ban

Flames burned 20 round hay bales, approached homes, damaged two vehicles and authorities had to move horses, Hogue said.

LINDALE, Texas — The Smith County The Office of the Fire Marshal issued a citation after piles of brush grew out of control on Tuesday afternoon and damaged several properties in the Lindale area.

Deputy Fire Marshal Chad Hogue said in a statement that a homeowner received a citation for burning during a burn ban, which is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500.

Smith County commissioners issued the burning ban on July 5.

According to Hogue, the owner was burning four brush piles Tuesday morning off County Road 35 (Lavender Road). Firefighters extinguished the fires and asked the owner to stay with them until the flames were completely extinguished.

Later at around 2 p.m., the Lindale Fire Department was called to the same property as the fires had gotten out of control.

Hogue said the fire spread behind neighboring residents’ properties, through a pasture and burned about a quarter mile down County Road 492 (Ann Campbell Road) near the Swan community.

Flames burned 20 round hay bales, approached homes, damaged two vehicles and authorities had to move horses, Hogue said.

Firefighters brought the blaze under control around 7:30 p.m. and it was smoldering Wednesday morning, according to Smith County. Hogue said officials would periodically check the scene to make sure the fire doesn’t re-ignite.

He reminded Smith County citizens that if a violation of the no-burn order causes damage to another’s property, the person violating the order could be subject to trial.

Red Springs and Dixie Volunteer Fire Departments and EMS were part of the response.

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Kevin A. Perras