Victoria County fire marshal advising for burn ban

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

April 28, 2014 at 4 p.m.
Updated April 27, 2014 at 11:28 p.m.

Hot temperatures and dry conditions could soon result in a burn ban for Victoria County.

If the trend continues, the county judge could call for a countywide burn ban by next week, said Victoria County Fire Marshal Ron Pray.

"With the weather we've been having, 90-degree days, freeze-cured vegetation - spurts of rain have helped, but things are starting to dry out," Pray said Monday.

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index, a drought scale designed to assess fire potential on a scale of 0 to 800, was at 540 on Monday, Pray said.

He expects it to begin increasing significantly.

Anyone needing to burn should do it soon and safely, Pray said.

He advised all residents to keep in mind wind and weather conditions before burning.

The county fire marshal's office still recommends people call the office to report their burns, never leave them unattended and always keep a water source nearby incase it gets out of control.

"We may be in for a long, hot, dry summer," Pray said.



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