The Hays County Commissioners Court on Aug. 6 reinstated the burn ban in unincorporated areas of Hays County because of increasingly dry conditions.
On August 5 the Keetch-Byram Drought Index for Hays County was 538 and expected to continue to rise. In addition to the Drought Index, fire officials consider the morning humidity recovery rate, temperatures, expected rainfall and 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. Violators face a fine of up to $500.
“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.”
Chambers noted that incorporated areas – cities and towns – set their own outdoor burning policies.
For more information about fire safety visit the fire marshal’s website here.