Burnet County burn ban lifted




From staff reports

The Burnet County burn ban has been lifted as of Thursday, Sept. 6, Burnet County Judge James Oakley said.

Soaking rains fell throughout Burnet County this week, with some areas reporting up to three inches of precipitation within a 24-hour period ending at 6 a.m. Thursday. The rain caused the county's Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) average to drop 32 points from 523 to 491, with a high of 703 (just north of Burnet) and a low of 320 (near Marble Falls).

The KBDI is used to determine forest fire potential. The drought index is based on daily water balance, where a drought factor is balanced with precipitation and soil moisture (assumed to have a maximum storage capacity of eight inches) and is expressed in hundredths of an inch of soil moisture depletion.

The drought index ranges from 0 to 800, where a drought index of 0 represents no moisture depletion, and an index of 800 represents absolutely dry conditions. A KBDI of 491 means the area has average soil moisture depletion of 4.91 inches.

Burnet County had been under a ban against outdoor burning since July due to drought conditions, which had caused vegetation to dry out and fuel numerous fires in the area, including one last month which burned up some 310 acres near the Burnet and Llano county line on Texas 71 in Horseshoe Bay.

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