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Burn Ban Returns Friday as Comal Fire Marshal Describes ‘Dangerous Situation’

Crews from Canyon Lake, Bulverde/Spring Branch and New Braunfels fire departments extinguished this fire near Island View Drive in 2017. The fire began in a burn barrel. Image courtesy of Comal County Fire Marshal's Office.

County Commissioners reinstated the burn ban today. It goes into effect Friday morning.

The decision was reached after the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) reached 515. KBDI is used to measure forest-fire potential and is typically implemented in the county when it reaches 500 points.

Fire Marshal Kory Klabunde described the situation as “dangerous.”

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

“Please be very careful with any barbecue pits or hot work outside (like) welding, cutting metal, grinding,” he said on Facebook. “No brush fires, campfires, burn barrels, fire pits (rings), chimineas or other open flames are allowed during this time.”

For more information, call 830-643-3748 or visit the fire marshal’s page at mycomalcounty.com.

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