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Burn Ban Remains in Effect as KBDI Soars

Comal County remains under a burn ban. Today's Keetch-Byram Drought Index is well above the 500-mark threshold county commissioners use to issue a burn ban.

Wildfires are popping up across the state but so far not in Comal County, and Fire Marshall Kory Klabunde wants to keep it that way.

The county reminds residents that the burn ban remains in effect in Comal County, which is now well above the 500 mark on the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), the threshold at which Commissioners Court issues a burn ban.

Every 100 points on the KBDI is roughly equivalent to an inch of dry soil depth.

Residents are asked to call Klabunde’s office at 830-643-3748 to report any burning or, to contact Comal County Sheriff’s Office. If the fire is burning out of control, call 9-1-1.

Comal County reminds the public

  • To follow the law and avoid all outdoor burning except on covered barbecue grills that are set off the ground.
  • Always keep a water source nearby when cooking or welding.
  • Make sure vehicles don’t drag on the ground and throw off sparks into the grass.
  • To stop tossing cigarette butts from car windows.

Texas Wildfire Report

Firefighting resources already are tied up battling blazes in Sutton and Cottle counties.

Lone Star Incident Management Team – Texas A&M Forest Service reports the Caverns Road Fire in Sutton County has burned 2,049 acres and is 90-percent contained; the Copper Break Fire in Hardeman County  has burned 8,380 acres and is 50-percent contained; Bird Ranch Fire in Cottle County is estimated at 9,931 acres and is 80-percent contained; and the Sideoats Fire in Cottle County is estimated at 350 acres and is 95-percent contained.

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