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County Lifts Burn Ban But State Says Not Today

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County Lifts Burn Ban But State Says Not Today

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Comal County Fire Marshal Kory Klabunde said the burn ban was lifted at 10:20 Friday morning after overnight rains associated with a cold front dumped between 1.5 to 4 inches of rain across Comal County. Image by News4SA TV.

Last night’s cold front dumped between 1.5 to 4 inches of rain across Comal County and County Fire Marshal Kory Klabunde said the burn ban is lifted — but not for today because the State of Texas automatically issues a burn ban when winds exceed 23 miles-per-hour (mph).

Today’s wind speed is 33 mph. Predicted wind speeds have to be between six and 23 mph in order to legally burn.

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) fell to 265 this morning, and Klabunde said the burn ban was lifted at 10:20 a.m.

On Oct. 17, Comal County commissioners voted to extend the burn ban after the county remained at 677 on the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI).

The normal threshold for enacting a burn ban is 500 on the KBDI.

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