Victoria County reinstates burn ban

Brian Cuaron

Oct. 17, 2011 at 5:17 a.m.

The Victoria County Commissioners Court reinstated the burn ban at 5 p.m. Monday.

Six fires related to controlled burns were started after Judge Don Pozzi lifted the ban on Friday. One fire occurred on Friday and another on Saturday, but four lit up on Sunday, Pozzi said.

The court had previously enacted a burn ban on April 25. The county nixed the ban over the weekend so that it could give people in the county a chance to burn brush that had piled up, said Fire Marshal Ron Pray.

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index was 612 on Monday, Pozzi said. He had said earlier that he wouldn't lift the ban so long as the index remained above 600. When he lifted it on Friday, the index was right at 600, according to the Texas Weather Connection.

A 14-day forecast predicted that the index would rise to 655, Pozzi said.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Gary Burns asked that the ban not be enacted till 5 p.m. so that people who planned to hold control burns on Monday could do so.



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