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UTSA Police urges all to be mindful of fire ban

By Donovan Agans
UTSA Director of Business Continuity and Emergency Management

(July 3, 2008)--Bexar County officials unanimously declared a local state of disaster on Tuesday, June 17 because of the region's drought conditions. The declaration restricts the use of fireworks except from one of 10 designated safe areas around San Antonio. Anyone caught setting off fireworks in the county, outside of a safe area, could be fined up to $1,000 or sentenced to 180 days in jail.

According to National Weather Service data, Bexar County is in a drought with only 6.57 inches of rain on record since September 2007. The area is now 10 inches below normal rainfall with temperatures almost 7 degrees higher than normal. The lack of rain, high temperatures and windy conditions are prime circumstances to lead to grass fires sparked by the use of fireworks.

UTSA Police Department officials urge citizens to be mindful of this ban during their holiday celebrations. Grass, structure fires and other emergencies on any of UTSA's three campuses should be reported to the UTSA Police Department dispatcher at (210) 458-4911.

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Bexar County fireworks safe areas

  • U.S. 281 South, just inside Loop 1604 (two locations)
  • U.S. 90 West at Montgomery Road
  • I-10 West at Old Fredericksburg Road (two locations)
  • Talley Road at FM 471
  • FM 1346 and East Houston Street, inside Loop 1604
  • Highway 16, one mile south of Loop 1604
  • I-35 South at Kinney Road

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