Guadalupe County burn ban in effect

A countywide burn ban was implemented in Guadalupe County on July 21. (Courtesy Fotolia)
A countywide burn ban was implemented in Guadalupe County on July 21. (Courtesy Fotolia)

A countywide burn ban was implemented in Guadalupe County on July 21. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The Guadalupe County Commissioners Court on July 21 implemented a ban on outdoor burning that went into effect the same day and will last for 90 days or until the fire danger recedes.

The ban follows a burn ban issued by the Comal County Commissioners Court on July 9.


According to a press release, the decision was made after increasingly dry conditions pushed the Keetch-Byram Drought Index to 551.

Every 100 points of the KBDI is roughly equivalent to an inch of dry soil depth, and the court typically implements a burn ban at 500 points.

Under the restrictions, no open flames are allowed outdoors with the following guidelines:


  • Trash burning, campfires and torches are not allowed.

  • Residents may use a barbecue pit with an open flame for cooking purposes only if the grill has a lid and is set off the ground.

  • Welders are encouraged to use a spotter for any outdoor welding and to keep a water source nearby.

  • Fires related to firefighter training, public utilities, mining operations, agricultural procedures and other government-approved programs are allowed with the proper precautions.


A violation of the burn ban will result in a fine of up to $500.
By Lauren Canterberry
Lauren began covering New Braunfels for Community Impact Newspaper in 2019. Her reporting focuses on education, development, breaking news and community interest stories. Lauren is originally from South Carolina and is a graduate of the University of Georgia.


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