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Outdoor Burn Ban Now in Effect

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Comal County Commissioners Court this morning issued a ban on outdoor burning effective 6 a.m. Friday, June 8.

Increasingly dry conditions were cited as the reason.

Under the restrictions, no open flames are allowed outdoors – including trash burning, campfires and torches, among others. Residents may barbecue with an open flame if the 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.

County Fire Marshal Kory Klabunde said about a dozen non-controlled fires were reported to emergency services across the county over the last few days.

“A lot of the vegetation that grew during the spring has now died or gone dormant because of the recent hot and dry weather,” he said. “The current conditions are not safe to have an open flame outside.”

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) this week is projected to reach 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.

More information is available on the Fire Marshal Office’s Facebook page.

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