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Burn Ban Remains in Effect Despite Little Showers and Wet Conditions

Texas counties shown in red are under burn bans.

Comal County Fire Marshal Kory Klabunde said on social media today the burn ban remains in effect.

In fact, today’s Keetch Byram Drought Index (KBDI) rose to 532 today. The burn ban goes into effect when KBDI reaches 500. The KBDI measures drought conditions and is commonly used for the purpose of predicting the likelihood and severity of wildfire.

“The little showers and wet conditions we have been getting are jut not enough to safely remove the burn ban,” he said. “Our area needs significant rainfall to get us out of this situation. Please remember, just because there is a small amount of rain that falls, the burn ban does not automatically go off.

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),” Klabunde said in earlier this fall. “No brush fires, campfires, burn barrels, fire pits (rings) or other open flames are allowed during this time.”

For more information about the burn ban, click here.


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