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Burn Ban Could Be Reinstated by Comal County Judge Thursday

Campfires and burn barrels are just a few of the things not allowed under the burn ban, according to the Comal County Fire Marshal's Office.

Comal County Fire Marshal Kory Klabunde warned on Facebook Monday that the Keetch Byram Drought Index (KBDI) is at 492 and edging upwards to 500, the trigger point for reinstating the burn ban.

The burn ban already is on the agenda for this week’s Commissioners Court. If passed, it will go into effect at 6 a.m. Friday.

“Please be very careful with any fires you have, and please be safe,” he said.

Under the burn ban, barbecue pits that are off the ground and have a lid to contain all sparks and flames are allowed for cooking purposes only.

No brush fires, campfires, burn barrels, fire pits (rings), chimineas or other open flames are allowed.

The public is urged to be very careful when using barbecue pits or performing “hot work” outside including welding, cutting metal and grinding.

Texas A&M Forest Service said today it opened a single-engine air-tanker base in Alpine to assist with wildfire response across the state.

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