‘We Are Getting Very Dry Very Quick’: Fire Marshal Warns Burn Ban Likely
Comal County’s burn ban probably will be reinstated at Commissioners Court Thursday.
Fire Marshal Kory Klabunde warned on Facebook today that after extremely hot temperatures over the weekend, the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) is rising by 10 points a day.
Today it reached 491 points. The burn ban normally goes into effect at around 500.
“Please be safe and very cautious with any fires you have,” Klabunde said. “We are getting very dry very quick.”
The burn ban only affects unincorporated areas of the county. It was lifted on April 26 after last being reinstated on April 15 due to low humidity, high winds, drought conditions and no rain in the foreseeable future.
The KBDI is used to determine forest-fire potential.
According to Texas A&M Forest Service, the drought index is based on a daily water balance, where a drought factor is balanced with precipitation and soil moisture.