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Burn Ban Stays Despite Heavy Rains

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Tuesday, Aug. 17 – Despite recent heavy rains, the burn ban remains indefinitely in effect for Comal County, Comal County Fire Marshal’s office said today.

Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) is at 516. The threshold for considering a burn ban is 500 — the point at which Comal County Commissioners Court typically considers implementing a burn ban. Every 100 points of KBDI is roughly equivalent to an inch of dry soil depth.

“Please understand that the burn ban is county wide, as is the KBDI,”  the department said on its Facebook page. “We understand some of our citizens have water standing in their yards right now. Unfortunately, not everyone was as lucky. Lets hope for some more rain and be thankful that our condition is a lot better than it was before the rain.”

“Please understand the county has no control over the KBDI. It is a service provided by Texas A&M. I will post the maps of where and how much rain fell in a minute.”

On Sunday, Comal County’s KBDI measured 682. Rainfall before 10 a.m. on Monday brought the index down to 580. However, at some point Monday it rose to 598. Rainfall through Tuesday morning dropped KBDI to its current level of 515.

Comal Commissioners Court implemented a ban on outdoor burning July 6 at its regularly scheduled meeting. Burn bans typically last for 90 days.

Under burn-ban 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.

For more information, contact the fire marshal’s office at 830-643-3748.


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