Following a recommendation by Somervell County Fire Marshall Dewayne Griffin, a burn ban is now in place.

Commissioners unanimously supported a 90-day burn ban at their Monday meeting, saying the ban would take effect immediately.

Griffin said orders prohibiting outdoor burning were not currently in effect in neighboring counties, but officials in Erath and Hood counties were expected to ask commissioners to consider implementing them Monday as well.

Griffin said rain is not in the forecast, although high winds are predicted in the coming days, adding to already hazardous conditions.

In late November, Gov. Rick Perry extended a disaster proclamation relating to the ongoing drought across the state, which included Somervell and surrounding counties.

The burn ban prohibits outdoor burning with certain exceptions, and snuffs out campfires. The use of certain cooking devices such as grills and smokers is allowed.

"Residents can cook on anything that is meant to be cooked in and has a lid that can be closed," Griffin said. "A barrel with a grate on the top does not constitute an approved cooking device."

In a separate vote, commissioners unanimously supported a ban on certain fireworks to take effect immediately and continue through New Year's Day.

The ban does not apply to "class c" fireworks but does prohibit those with "sticks and fins."