Victoria County lifts burn ban
July 18, 2013 at 2:18 a.m.
Updated July 19, 2013 at 2:19 a.m.
The Victoria County burn ban was lifted Thursday, Fire Marshal Ron Pray said.
County Judge Don Pozzi made the decision Thursday morning to lift the ban that went into place July 1 after the past 24 hours of rainfall gave some relief to the dry conditions.
The county's drought index was at 413 on the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, which measures dry conditions on a scale of 0 to 800, Pray said.
Four hundred is normal for this time of year. Last week, parts of the county were at 750, Pray said.
Pray made his recommendation to the judge based on forecasts from the forest and weather service and past rainfall.
"It's not a willy-nilly thing," Pray said. "We have to look at whether we're having fire activity, whether the fire spreads and our weather predictions."
If the county does not see any more rainfall over the next few days, the burn ban could go back into effect, he said.
People intending to burn should call the fire marshal's office or sheriff's office dispatcher to make them aware of the burn at 361-579-9103 or 361-573-3221.