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Burn Ban Goes Into Effect on Friday after KBDI Reaches 508 Points

The burn ban goes into effect at 6 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8.

The burn ban is back on for unincorporated areas of Comal County.

County Commissioners voted to reinstate the unpopular ban at their weekly meeting today after Fire Marshal Kory Klabunde reported the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) rose to 501 yesterday. The burn ban is implemented at 500 points.

“I’m not here very often asking in October for a burn ban,” he said. “There’s no forecast of any appreciable rain anywhere near us. This time of year we also start getting cold fronts. We have low humidity, higher winds, we can get into a fire danger pretty quick.”

The burn ban goes into effect at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9.

Today’s KBDI is 508, Klabunde posted on Facebook.

Under conditions of 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.

“Please be very careful with any barbecue pits or hot work outside (welding, cutting metal, grinding),” he posted. “No brush fires, campfires, burn barrels, fire pits (rings) or other open flames are allowed during this time.”

For more information, call 830-643-3748 or visit mycomalcounty.com.


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