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Dry conditions, excessive heat prompt burn ban approval

by | Jul 14, 2022 | Latest

Collin County residents living in unincorporated areas could face punishment if they elect to burn outdoors over the next three months.

The Collin County Commissioner’s Court considered the issuance of an outdoor burn ban, effective immediately, during its Monday, July 11, regular meeting.

In a letter sent to the court July 6, Collin County Fire Marshal Jason Browning requested that commissioners consider the ban because of increasingly dry conditions.

The measure used to evaluate the conditions is called the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI). It is a daily estimation of soil moisture to eight inches and facilitated by the Texas A&M Forest Service, wrote Browning.

The KDBI scale runs from 0 to 800 with 800 representing the driest possible conditions. Collin County has seen its rating fluctuate between 532 and 643, on average sitting around 573.

According to Browning, the typical KBDI reading that constitutes issuing a burn ban is 575. Collin County’s daily number has typically grown seven to 10 points.

For the full story, see the July 14 issue of The Farmersville Times.

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