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The Burn Ban … Is Back

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After a week of hot and dry weather, Comal County will reinstate a ban on outdoor burning, effective 6 a.m. Friday.

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) is now 500, which is the threshold at which the Commissioners Court typically considers implementing a burn ban. Every 100 points of the KBDI is roughly equivalent to an inch of dry soil depth. As of Thursday, it stood at 536.

In recent days, several non-controlled fires were reported to emergency services across the county, Fire Marshal Kory Klabunde told Commissioners Court, which approved re-implementation of the ban at is weekly meeting this morning.

“The rain earlier this month gave us a nice reprieve,” Klabunde said. “But the return of 100-degree days and clear skies means the risk for fires has again made outdoor burning too dangerous.”

Under the restrictions, no open flames are allowed outdoors – including trash burning, campfires and torches, among others. Residents may cook outdoors with an open flame if the barbecue grill has a lid and is set off the ground. Welders are encouraged to use a spotter for any outdoor welding and to keep a water source nearby.

The order banning outdoor burning lasts for 90 days. More information is available on the Fire Marshal Office’s Facebook page.

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