Pro/Con: Should the government enact burn bans?
Aug. 25, 2013 at 3:25 a.m.
Updated Aug. 26, 2013 at 3:26 a.m.
Local governments did not have the specific right to prohibit burning on private property until 1999, when a bill passed the Texas Legislature legalizing burn bans.
Only to be used because of drought or wind conditions, burn bans have become a commonly used tool by counties statewide to cut back on grass fires.
For many, burn bans are a logical step to keep the public safe from fire.
For others, however, burn bans are seen as a violation of private property rights.
And for many ranchers and farmers, burn bans are an impediment to taking care of their property, because dry times are the best time to start controlled burns, and burns are necessary for clearing land, creating healthy new growth of pastureland.