The Hays County Commissioners Court has reinstated the burn ban in unincorporated areas of county because of increasingly dry conditions. On July 9 the Keetch-Byram Drought Index for Hays County was 597 and expected to rise. Typically a burn ban is indicated when the KBDI reaches 575, although it is not the singular indicator – also considered is the amount of fine fuel (such as dead grass) as well as the number of large, uncontrolled fires.
A burn ban prohibits outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of Hays County. Fires in burn barrels, even those with lids, are prohibited; however, gas and charcoal grills with lids can be used.
“Please use caution and common sense when grilling,” Fire Marshal Mark Chambers said. “Never leave a grill unattended, ensure that all embers are out before leaving the area and have a source of water nearby in case of fire.”
For more information about this announcement, please contact the Hays County Fire Marshal’s office at 512-393-7339, or visit their web site.