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Fire Marshal Predicts Burn Ban Next Week

Comal County Fire Marshal Kory Klabunde said a burn ban could go into effect sometime next week.

Comal County Fire Marshal Klory Klabunde says Comal County’s made it to July 19 without a burn ban but that could change next week.

High temperatures have offset higher rainfall, causing moisture to evaportate.

Comal County’s currently at 430 on the Keetch-Ryram Drought Index (KBDI). When it reaches 500, County Judge Sherman Krause will officially issue a burn ban.

“At 430, the moisture is 4.3 inches below the surface,” Klabunde posted on Comal County Fire Marshal’s Facebook page. “I am sure you have been seeing the grasses slowly browning and it is not nearly as green as it has been. The KBDI is going up about 13 points a day right now. With these numbers, there is a good chance the burn ban may be put on next week.

“There is a chance of rain next week, so maybe it will get postponed, but I wanted everyone to be aware of what is coming,” he said. “Please be careful with any fires you have right now, they can get out of control and move very quickly during this time.”

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