Brazoria County issued a burn ban effective Oct. 26 due to a lack of substantial rainfall and wind conditions.

According to a press release from the county, the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, or KBDI, reached a countywide average of 630. The KBDI reaching the 600-800 range indicates “severe” drought conditions with increasing concern for wildfires. The previous burn ban was issued from June 23-Aug. 29.

The burn ban comes after Brazoria County saw an elevated drought status compared to average years. Over the summer, the county saw less rainfall and higher temperatures than normal.

A burn ban prohibits outdoor burning. A violation includes burning any combustible material outside of an enclosure containing flames and sparks, which is punishable by a fine and a Class C misdemeanor.

The KBDI average returning to below 400 for five consecutive days could allow Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta to lift the burn ban. For updates on the status of the ban, visit the Brazoria County official website.