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LLANO — The Llano County Commissioners declared a county-wide burn ban during their meeting Monday.

Several grass fires and little rain during recent weeks prompted the ban, which will remain in effect until further notice.

No open ground fires will be allowed during the ban, officials said.

Standard exceptions to the ban include burning for a ceremony, cooking or warmth.

Violators of the ban could be charged with a Class C misdemeanor and fined up to $500.

Before burning, residents are advised to call the Llano County Sheriff’s Office at (325) 247-5050.

It was unclear whether the rains that started Monday afternoon would have any effect on the ban.