Despite drizzle, burn ban still probable

Despite drizzle, burn ban still probable
Gregg County
Friday, July 12, 2013 - 5:22pm

Despite Thursday’s afternoon showers, Gregg County residents could soon find themselves under a burn ban.

The spotty sprinkle that accompanied a weak cold front was too little too late to forestall what appears to be an inevitable ban on outdoor burning as the county creeps close to the threshold.

“We’re at 668 (on the Keetch-Byram Drought Index),” Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt said Thursday. “In the event we start having a lot of grass fires unexpectedly, we would probably clear (a ban) and not wait on the seven mark. We are in a watch-the-measurement mode.”

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) is used to determine forest fire potential, in which 0 represents no moisture depletion, and an index of 800 represents absolutely dry conditions.

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