The Comal County Commissioners Court approved an order prohibiting all outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of Comal County July 2.

The gist

The burn ban will go into effect July 5 at 6 a.m.

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index has reached 470, with daily increases between 11 and 13 points, said Comal County Fire Marshal Kory Klabunde. This indicates a significant risk of wildfires, necessitating the implementation of the burn ban to prevent potential fire hazards.

The burn ban aims to prevent potential fire hazards and safeguard the community amidst current dry conditions.

"Our luck of scheduling the burn ban when rain was expected has run out," Klabunde said.

Previous plans for burn bans had been scheduled but were postponed due to recent rainfall in the area.

The details

During the burn ban, residents must adhere to specific restrictions to mitigate fire risks.

Grilling outdoors with a barbecue pit is permissible with lids that contain all sparks and flames, according to the Comal County website.

The following are prohibited, according to the website:
  • Campfires
  • Chimineas, fire pits or fire rings
  • Bonfires
  • Burn piles
  • Burning household waste, unless in a container that contains all sparks and/or flames
  • Burning non-wood construction materials, such as rubber, plastics, treated lumber, etc.
Violating the burn ban in Comal County could result in fines ranging from $1,000-$50,000 for individuals, according to Section 7.177 of the Water Code.