Hays County Judge Bert Cobb imposed a burn ban this morning as the county falls deeper into drought.
The county is at 575 on the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, “an indication that the ground is very dry and that vegetation has become a source of fuel for any spark,” the judge said.
All outdoor burning is prohibited except for charcoal and gas grills with lids.
The judge also enacted an emergency disaster declaration that prohibits the use of aerial fireworks with sticks and missiles with fins. The order will expire in seven days unless extended by the commissioners court.
For more information about the drought index and wildland fire planning guide, visit the Hays County Fire Marshal’s website here.