Thursday, August 7, 2014 1:15:00 PM
Hays County Reinstates Burn Ban for Unincorporated Areas
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court today (August 5) reinstated a burn ban for the unincorporated areas of the county. Fire Marshal Mark Chambers told the Court that concerns were increasing about the fire danger because of low humidity combined with the amount of dead grasses, which act as a fuel source. He noted that the Drought Index, currently at 548 on a scale of 800, was expected to hit 637 within 14 days. Typically, a burn ban is considered when the index reaches the mid-500 range.
Under a burn ban, all outdoor burning is banned in unincorporated areas, including the use of burn barrels with lids. Food grills with lids are not banned, but backyard chefs are encouraged to keep a water source nearby and ensure that all charcoal and wood chips are doused with water and cold before leaving a grill. Never leave a grill unattended.
For more information on fire safety, visit www.co.hays.tx.us and choose Fire Marshal from the Law Enforcement dropdown tab.