Victoria County lifts burn ban

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:28 a.m.

Recent rains prompted Victoria County Judge Don Pozzi to lift the ban on outdoor burning Wednesday.

"We received rain pretty much over the entire county, although some areas certainly remain dryer than others," he said.

Christina Barron, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi, said Victoria County has received .92 of an inch of rain at Victoria Regional Airport since Sunday, bringing the month-to-date total to 1.83 inches.

Barron said that number is slightly higher than this same time last year. However, the norm is 2.34 inches, and 2.85 inches for the entire month.

While there is not a good chance of rain for the rest of the week, Barron said early next week could see isolated showers along the sea-breeze.

"It's a slight chance, but somewhat of a chance," she said.

Fire Marshal Ron Pray said the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, a rating system used to determining forest fire potential on a scale of 0-700, had dropped 100 points since Monday.

Pray said the county's index was at 470 Wednesday.

"Even though we got rain, it's still dry," Pray said. "As this rain evaporates, we're still going to have dry conditions and ... there still is dead, dry grass underneath. People still need to be very cautious when they burn."

Pray said residents should continue calling the county dispatcher before starting a burn to eliminate false calls. Residents should also always keep an eye on the fire and a water source nearby.



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