Recent rainfall in mid- to late November brought the average fire threshold below the recommended score of 400 KBDI for five consecutive days, which allowed for the ban to be lifted.
The Keetch-Byram Drought Index previously reached 630 in late October, indicating “severe drought conditions.” This burn ban and a previous ban over the summer from June 12- Aug. 29 followed an unusually “extreme” drought status this year in the county.
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.
For additional information on burn bans or the status of bans, visit Brazoria County’s official website.