Burn bans in effect throughout the region

As of Tuesday, burn bans were in effect in parts of


, Matagorda, Refugio and Wharton counties.

Dry conditions continue to make rural parts of the Crossroads vulnerable to wildfires, though an incoming cold front could bring much needed moisture.

DeWitt, Matagorda, Refugio and Wharton counties were among more than half of the state’s 254 counties that had burn bans in place as of Tuesday, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service’s interactive map.

Keetch-Byram Drought Index regional estimates for Tuesday, Sept. 8

Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) is an index used to determining forest fire potential. The drought index ranges from 0 to 800, where a drought index of 0 represents no moisture depletion, and an index of 800 represents absolutely dry conditions.

County Min Max Average
Calhoun 477 688 573
DeWitt 374 658 555
Goliad 441 710 579
Jackson 442 713 581
Lavaca 512 696 636
Matagorda 427 686 559
Refugio 408 656 536
Victoria 442 718 599
Wharton 354 666 532

Kali Venable is an investigative and environmental reporter for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6558 or at kvenable@vicad.com.

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"I am a Houston native and 5th generation Texan, with a degree in journalism and minor in creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin. I care deeply about public interests and the community I serve.”

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