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Crownover: Burn Ban Remains Despite Rain

This is the amount of rain Comal County received between 7 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Image courtesy of Comal County Commissioner Jen Crownover, Pct. 4.

Jen Crownover, Comal County commissioner Pct. 4, says every time a raindrop falls during a burn ban, Canyon Lake residents immediately wonder, ask, or assume the burn ban has been lifted.

“It has not,” she posted on her Facebook page this morning after parts of Comal County — but not Canyon Lake — received well over an inch of rain overnight as a cold front passed through. night “We are still under dangerously dry conditions.”

She said the Keetch-Byram drought index in Comal County currently ranges between 513 to 763. The normal threshold for enacting a burn ban is 500 and above on the KBDI scale. Every 100 points on the KBDI is roughly equivalent to an inch of dry soil length.

“We’re still above that, countywide,” Crownover said. “Thanks for your patience.”

What the Burn Ban Means

The public is advised to avoid fires and open flames.

For residents living outside city limits, the burn ban stipulates:

BBQ pits that are off the ground and have a lid (to contain all sparks and flames) are allowed for cooking purposes only.

Not allowed during the burn ban are:

  • brush fires
  • burn barrels
  • fire pits (rings)
  • open flames of any kind
  • camp fires of any size
  • burn piles, day or night
  • burn piles with glowing embers
  • burning of household waste (day or night in container that contains all sparks and/or flames)
  • burning of household waste (not in container that contains all sparks and/or flames)
  • burning of non-wood construction materials
  • burning of rubber, plastic, treated lumber, etc. (Exception: rubber and plastics in household waste allowed)

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