Out­door burn­ing, some fire­works banned

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - — CIARA O’ROURKE, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF — HALEIGH SVO­BODA, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF

Hays County com­mis­sion­ers re­in­stated a burn ban Tues­day, lim­it­ing out­door burn­ing to mit­i­gate fire haz­ards dur­ing dry weather.

Char­coal and gas grills are still al­lowed, but Mark Cham­bers, the county’s fire mar­shal, urged res­i­dents to use them with cau­tion.

Com­mis­sion­ers also banned the sale and use of fire­works with sticks and fins. The fire­works ban does not ap­ply to lo­cal gov­ern­ments or other en­ti­ties that have a per­mit from the fire mar­shal for com­mer­cial fire­works dis­plays in un­in­cor­po­rated ar­eas of the county, of­fi­cials said.

Burn ban and fire­works vi­o­la­tors face a class C misdemeanor charge and a $500 fine.

County Com­mis­sion­ers hon­ored Judge Charles Ram­say of the 22nd District Court for his ser­vice to the county Tues­day by pro­claim­ing Fri­day Judge Charles Ram­say Day. Ram­sey will re­tire this month af­ter serv­ing the county for 49 years, a news re­lease said.

Judge Ram­say, a Hays County na­tive, be­gan his le­gal ca­reer in 1961. He served as Hays County at­tor­ney from 1963 to 1973, fol­lowed by a stint as the county court-atlaw judge from 1973 to 1981. He went on to serve as a district judge for 31 years.

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