Burn Ban - 2021

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EXECUTIVE ORDER TO ISSUE A BURN BAN DUE TO

EXTREME, EXCEPTIONAL, OR SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS

WITHIN McKINLEY COUNTY

NO. JUNE-21-051

PURPOSE: Issue a burn ban due to exceptional, extreme or severe drought conditions within the unincorporated portions of McKinley County.

WHEREAS: The Board of County Commissioners met on June 8th 2021 in a Special Session Meeting duly Noticed to take public comment and determine if a fire ban should be imposed within McKinley County affected by extreme, exceptional, or severe drought conditions; and,

WHEREAS: The Board of County Commissioners has the power to provide for safety protection of property, and preserve the health of the citizens of McKinley County; and,

WHEREAS: There have been several fires within McKinley County this season having caused damage to our natural resources and in preparation for high fire danger due to a combination of inadequate precipitation, high wind conditions, high temperatures, and low humidity; and,

WHEREAS: The Board of County Commissioners is requesting the public to exercise extreme caution in McKinley County and surrounding areas to protect the public, natural resources, and reduce the risks of wildland fires; and,

WHEREAS: The information regarding drought status and forecasts for McKinley County (published by the National Weather Service) show that McKinley County is in and affected by extreme, exceptional and severe drought conditions.

NOW THEREFORE, THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF McKINLEY COUNTY ISSUES THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER, MAKES FINDINGS, AND DECLARES THE FOLLOWING:

Section 1: Extreme, severe, or exceptional drought conditions exist affecting all of McKinley County.

Section 2: The following uses within the unincorporated portions of McKinley County are PROHIBITED:

Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal; except campfires and charcoal to be used in developed sites where fire rings or grills are provided.

Section 3: The following activities must use EXTREME CAUTION:

 Smoking, which is recommended only in permitted areas, within an enclosed vehicle, traditional and ceremonial uses, and while stopped in an area at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

Section 4: The following activities are PERMITTED:

A. Propane, gas or other petroleum-fueled stoves will be allowed for livestock branding.

B. Persons with a written permit/bonding/license that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.

C. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.

D. Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

E. The implementation of Low Complexity Prescribed Fire which meet prescriptions approved by the Agency Administer un an approved Burn Plan.

Section 5: Any person who violates this order that supplements Ordinance number Sept-98-077, Section VII, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not more than three hundred ($300) dollars or by imprisonment of up to ninety (90) days in jail or both. Violators shall be issued non-traffic citations. In addition to the foregoing penalties, any person convicted or found liable hereunder may be assessed the actual cost incurred by the County in suppressing or controlling any fire in violation hereof.

Section 6: The Governing Body hereby implements a fire ban within the unincorporated jurisdiction of McKinley County effective June 9th, 2021 from 8:00 AM, and shall remain in effect until December 31st, 2021, or until rescinded, whichever occurs first by the Board of County Commissioners for McKinley County.

THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER ISSUING A BURN BAN FOR MCKINLEY COUNTY IS PASSED AND APPROVED AT A SPECIAL MEETING HLED ON THE 8th DAYOF JUNE, 2021.

     McKINLEY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS:

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       Billy Moore, Chairperson

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       Genevieve Jackson, Commissioner

ATTEST: ________________________________

       Robert Baca, Commissioner

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Jacqueline K. Sloan, County Clerk