Comal County commissioners today voted to extend the current burn ban and to prohibit all outdoor burning in unincorporated parts of the county.
The extended burn ban goes into effect at 6 p.m. Wednesday and lasts another 90 days due to extreme drought conditions.
Comal County Fire Marshal Kory Klabunde recommended the changes at Commissioners Court today.
“There have been some large fires fairly close to us recently and I ask our citizens and visitors to exercise extreme caution to prevent fires in Comal County,” he said in a statement following the meeting. “Please have a spotter and a way to extinguish any fires from welding, cutting or other hot work performed outside. Also, please use caution when driving your vehicle. Please check trailer chains so they are not dragging, do not park your vehicle on tall grass and do not throw cigarettes and other smoldering items out of the vehicle. We are in a severe dry, and dangerous situation. Please do your part to protect our county and your and your neighbor’s property. ”
Under Local Government Code 357.081(d) a burn ban cannot extend beyond the 90th day after the date of issue. Next Wednesday, August 10 is the 90-day limit of the current burn ban. The new order is to extend the burn ban due to the extreme drought conditions.
For more information about the order, contact the Comal County Fire Marshal’s office at 830-643-3748 or visit our website www.mycomalcounty.com.