Keetch-Byram Drought Index

Anderson County’s Keetch-Byram Drought Index registered 611 Monday, Oct. 3. 

Due to drought conditions, Anderson County Judge Robert Johnston issued burn ban Monday. This declaration is for seven days at which time the Commissioners Court will meet to determine to extend this burn ban due to dry conditions and current drought status in the state and our county.

As of Monday, Anderson County’s Keetch-Byram Drought Index registered 611 – which is within the 600-800 range associated with severe drought and conditions for rapidly spreading wildfires that are difficult to contain.

The drought index, used to determine forest fire potential, ranges from 0 to 800. A drought index of 0 represents no moisture depletion; an index of 800 represents absolutely dry conditions.

In Texas, local governments, through a county judge or commissioners, have the authority to issue burn bans, restricting or outlawing outdoor burning, when drought conditions threaten public safety.

In Texas, local governments have the authority to take such action to protect residents. When drought conditions threaten public safety, a county judge or commissioners can impose a ban, or restrictions, on outdoor burning.

Officials could lift the ban, if the county gets a lot of moisture. The next predicted chance of rain Wednesday, Oct. 12.

The ban cannot be extended, but another ban can be imposed.

Violating the ban ordinance on outdoor burning constitutes a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.

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