Comal County fire marshal issues Fourth of July warning

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Comal County Fire Marshal Kory Klabunde has asked fireworks enthusiasts to use “caution and consideration” during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, according to a Comal County news release.

Despite the current lack of a county burn ban or fireworks restriction, anyone using fireworks should have a water source available nearby to extinguish unforeseen fires, the release said.

On June 27, the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, the mechanism the county uses to determine the need for a burn ban or fireworks restrictions, measured 225. According to county officials, a burn ban is typically instituted when the index measurement reaches 500.

“Although overall drought indicators are low, the eastern part of the county did not receive as much rain and is drier,” Klabunde said in the release.

“No matter where in the county you live, please make sure you are careful if setting off fireworks,” he said. “And please also use consideration for your neighbors, especially those who are veterans or elderly, or who have animals sensitive to noise.”

The Comal County Fire Marshal’s Office has been inspecting fireworks stands since mid-June.

However, all residents located within an incorporated municipality are also subject to local fireworks restrictions inside city limits.

For more information on county burn bans or fireworks restrictions, visit co.comal.tx.us. The Comal County Fire Marshal can be reached by phone at 830-625-3748.

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