Weekend rains hold off need for burn ban

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

Dec. 17, 2012 at 6:17 a.m.

Without the soaking rain over the weekend, Victoria County surely would have started the week in a burn ban.

County Judge Don Pozzi brought the ban issue to commissioners court last week, but took no action on authorizing a ban Monday.

"The bottom line is we are, at least for the time being, in good shape," Pozzi said. "Thank you, Lord, for the rain."

Fire Marshal Ron Pray reported the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, which measures fire potential on a scale of 0 to 800, had dropped to 468 - shedding about 100 points since last week.

Pray said he was confident the rain provided enough moisture to keep the county in good condition through the end of the year.

Pray said the county was soaked. Most of the county had received just more than an inch.

Pozzi said, "Three or four times this year, we had to get very serious about considering the burn ban."

Before the rain, the index climbed about 10 points a week.

"It seems the entire county got an appreciable amount of rain yesterday," Pozzi said Monday.

Monday was the last commissioners court meeting of the year. It was also Commissioner Kenny Spann's final meeting after serving on the court the past four years.

Pozzi thanked Spann for his contribution to the community.

"We wish you the very best life has to offer you in your endeavors," Pozzi said.

The next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Jan. 1 in the old courthouse to swear in elected officials.



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