Emergency burn ban declared Thursday

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By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen declared an emergency burn ban Thursday morning, June 10.

All outdoor burning is prohibited in the unincorporated area of the county until the ban is lifted.

The emergency ban stays effective seven days or until commissioners court votes to extend or end the ban at their meeting Monday.

The last burn ban was lifted Jan. 10 and had been in place since Nov. 26, 2012.

The KBDI is a measurement tool that indicates how much moisture is in the land, ranging from zero, meaning total saturation, to 800, meaning no moisture whatsoever.

The KBDI reading for Limestone County on Friday averaged 597, ranging from 405 to 737, and the Index’s prediction for two weeks from now average 682, ranging from 572 to 763.

A reading of 575 is considered significant but a county may declare a burn ban even before that level is reached, said Limestone County Emergency Director Matt Groveton.

“Five hundred seventy-five is the threshold at which the conditions are considered extreme fire hazard,” Groveton said Friday. “Texas Forest Service considers that “fire critical.”

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