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An emergency ban on outdoor burning in Hays County expired on Thursday and County Judge Bert Cobb said it would remain lifted at least until next week’s commissioners court session.

“We enacted the emergency burn ban July 5 because of the increasing dryness experienced by most of the county,” Cobb said. “Recent rains have resulted in improved conditions that allow for responsible outdoor burning. The commissioners court will have an opportunity to review the need for a burn ban at its regular meeting on Tuesday.”

In determining the need for a burn ban, the Hays County Fire Marshal polls local fire departments and takes into consideration the drought index, wind conditions and number of responses to out-of-control burns. The fire marshal then reports to the commissioners court, which can vote to implement a ban.

The county judge has the authority to enact an emergency seven-day ban without court approval if conditions warrant.

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