Comal County lifts outdoor fire ban after rainfall


Comal County Judge Sherman Krause lifted Comal County’s outdoor burn ban as of noon yesterday.

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index released on Tuesday was below 500, the threshold at which the burn bans are typically implemented. Every 100 points of the KBDI is roughly equivalent to an inch of dry soil depth.

“The rain Comal County saw over the past week, and especially the heavy rain that fell yesterday, has made brush wet enough to make outdoor burning safer,” Comal County Fire Marshal Kory Klabunde said. “If the weather dries out and heats up in the coming days, and conditions become unsafe for burning, we will ask the Commissioners Court to reinstate the burn ban.”

Residents conducting burns on their property are encouraged to use caution and have a water source nearby, Klabunde said.

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Rachel Nelson
Rachel Nelson is editor of the New Braunfels edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covers local business, new development, city and county government, health care, education and transportation. Rachel relocated to Central Texas from Amarillo in 2009 and is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
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