Clay County covers an area of 1,088.7 square miles of land and 28 square miles of water. It has a population of 10,456 with 21.2% being over the age of 65 and an 11.8% poverty rate. Schools in Clay county with their estimated enrollments include Bellevue ISD with 139 students, Henrietta ISD with 931 students, Midway ISD with 129 students, and Petrolia ISD with 525. Clay County Memorial Hospital has 25 available beds and major roadways in the county are US HWY 82, US HWY 287 N, US HWY 287 S, ST HWY 148 S, ST HWY 148 N, and ST HWY 79 N. The county seat for Clay is Henrietta.
We are currently not in a burn ban. However, if you are planning a controlled burn, please use extreme caution regarding wind and humidity.
Most importantly, call the Clay County Sheriff's Office (940-538-5611) to let them know your plans for a control burn. Typically the dispatcher gets multiple calls from your neighbors reporting a grass fire. Unless they know it's a control burn, they will call out the local volunteer fire departments in your area. This is one way you can help these volunteers by not causing them to respond when not needed.