Brazos County officials issue Burn Ban

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Published: Oct. 25, 2022 at 10:59 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 25, 2022 at 1:54 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - At the county commissioner meeting Tuesday, Brazos County officials approved a Burn Ban for the entire county. This prohibits outdoor burning until further notice.

Brazos county now joins 12 other counties in the Brazos Valley that have active Burn Bans in place. This includes Milam, Robertson, Leon, Madison, Houston, Washington, Grimes, Walker, Trinity, Austin, Waller and San Jacinto counties.

The rainfall received areawide Monday evening through the overnight hours is not substantial enough to stand in the way of issuing a Burn Ban. The cold front did not just bring rain, it brought gusty winds as well. These winds will stick around Tuesday, which has prompted the Texas A&M Forrest Service to forecast “High” to “Very High” fire danger for Tuesday.

In August Brazos County Commissioner decided to lift the burn ban that was previously in place. Judge Duane Peters said while the county doesn’t like to lift a burn ban only to reinstate it the recommendation came from three local volunteer fire department fire chiefs.

“It’s probably the appropriate time and hopefully we’ll have rain Friday, and it’ll rain enough that we can lift it again,” Peters said.

Last week fire departments responded to a couple of fires that were the results of controlled burns, Jason Ware, Brazos County’s emergency management coordinator said.

“The weather conditions are right for grass fires,” Ware said. “Don’t get complacent as far as the little bit of rain that we received last night. Some areas of the county received a little bit more than others, but we are relatively dry and it doesn’t take long for the conditions to dry up quickly.”

Those caught violating the burn ban could be subjected to a citation at the discretion of the sheriff’s office, Ware said.

Forecast fire danger from Texas A&M Forest Service for Tuesday, October 25
Forecast fire danger from Texas A&M Forest Service for Tuesday, October 25(KBTX)