Limestone commissioners reinstate burn ban

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court reinstated, at its Nov. 28 meeting, a countywide ban on outdoor burning.
The court had lifted the burn ban at its previous meeting, on Nov. 14, but noted then that the lifting would probably be only for a week or two, to allow residents to burn their trash.
The county measures its level of dryness based on Texas A&M University’s Keetch-Byram Drought Index, which ranges from zero, meaning saturation, to 800, meaning no measurable moisture whatsoever. A measurement of 575 indicates drought.
At the previous meeting, the readings of dryness across Limestone County were averaging 502, well below drought level. The readings in different parts of the county, however, ranged from the 300s to the 600s, so the areas with higher readings were far above drought levels.
At the Nov. 28 meeting, County Judge Daniel Burkeen asked Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton to weigh in on the matter.
“It’s getting drier and drier,” Burkeen said, asking Groveton if the county average was still below the drought threshold.

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