El Paso County Sheriff’s Office starts Operation ‘Burn Trash – Lose Cash’

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Community Service Section and East Montana Patrol Station are launching “Operation Burn Trash Lose Cash,” beginning May 2nd  through 22nd in east El Paso County.

The El Paso County is continuously under a burn ban issued by the El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar and the Court of Commissioners. Often considered a drought-stricken area the El Paso County is constantly under threat of damage, injury, and loss of life and property resulting from the threat of wildfires.

Under the County Burn Ban, only “authorized” outdoor burning activities include firefighter training, public utility or planting or harvesting of agricultural crops.

The Sheriff’s Office Community Service Section will enhance their crime prevention efforts and will focus on educating the public on the County Burn Ban using local media outlets and by distributing flyers and information relating to the County Burn Ban and ordinance to the residents of the East Montana area.

The Sheriff’s Office East Montana Patrol Station will proactively locate and identify illegal burning violations, as well as respond to all violations reported by citizens. A zero tolerance enforcement of the burn ban will be in effect and those in violation of the order will be issued a citation. Violating the County Burn Ban is a Class C misdemeanor and can result in a citation and fine up to $500, in addition to any court costs.

The mission of this operation is to deter the public from outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of El Paso County and keep our neighborhoods free from  any harmful pollution and especially free of accidental fires.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office asks for the community to report any illegal burning to 915-546-2280.