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Brazoria County
Dry weather conditions can lead to a countywide burn ban
News Release
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Brazoria County – Hot and dry conditions in our area has Brazoria County Commissioners’ Court contemplating a burn ban. As of Tuesday, August 28th, the County Keetch Byram Drought Index (KBDI) is 608. This KBDI number is considered dangerously high and sets the stage for potentially severe fires. Several factors are taken into consideration to determine dry conditions which could lead to a possible burn ban.

Factors of consideration include:

-condition of vegetation

-moisture in the ground

-number of outdoor and wild land fire calls within the county

-current heat and wind conditions

-projected weather forecast

-KBDI drought index number provided by Texas A&M Forestry Service

County Officials will be closely monitoring all factors for the possibility of requesting a burn ban at the next Commissioners’ Court.

To help prevent fires from getting out of control, here are a few tips to remember:

  • Never leave your barbecue pits and grills unattended. Keep a water hose nearby in case hot coals or sparks ignite the area around the pit.
  • Be careful when pulling off a road or driving in a field. Hot catalytic converters can ignite vegetation.
  • If you smoke in your car, extinguish cigarettes in vehicle ashtrays. Never toss a cigarette out of a car window, and don’t put cigarettes out on the ground.

If you see smoke or a small fire, report it immediately to help prevent potential fires from becoming out of control and a dangerous wildfire.

Remembering Jim Guidry

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