Victoria Commissioners enact burn ban
A burn ban is in effect in unincorporated areas of Victoria County.
The commissioners court unanimously approved enacting the ban on the recommendation of Fire Marshal Ron Pray.
The Keetch-Byram Drought Index rating system, which runs from 0 to 800 indicating moisture and drought conditions, shows Victoria County at 617, according to reports by Texas A&M University.
Pray said at 500, the county starts looking at whether to implement a ban.
"We have some areas of the county as high as 700," he said. "If we don't get some significant rain in the next couple of weeks, we'll be under a burn ban for a while."
County Judge Don Pozzi said there is no "magic number" to say when the ban will be lifted.
"I am not going to get into weather forecasting," Pozzi said. "It would need to be considerably below 600."
He said no one on the court likes issuing a burn ban order.
"We don't do this for grins, we do this for the health and safety of our citizens," he said.