Comal County commissioners are likely to issue a burn ban at their weekly meeting on Thursday.
County Fire Marshal Kory Klabunde said the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) was 457 today. By state law, the county’s burn ban goes into effect at 500 points.
“We have steadily been going up about 10-24 points a day for several weeks now,” he said. “With no significant rain in our forecast, we could be at 500 as early as Friday.”
The drought index ranges from 0 to 800, where a drought index of 0 represents no moisture depletion and an index of 800 represents absolutely dry conditions.
When a burn ban is enacted, brush fires, campfires, burn barrels, fire pits (rings) or other open flames are not allowed.
Only barbecue pits that are off the ground and have a lid to contain all sparks and flames can be used for cooking purposes only.
For more information about the county’s burn ban, click here.