burn ban

Wed
14
Aug

Conditions spark area grass fires

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin
Fire officials are zeroing in on the possible cause of a fire that destroyed a log cabin-styled home on Aug. 7 in the 200 block of Kingsland Ranch Cove on Lake LBJ. The structure was unoccupied. Suspicions included combustible industrial chemicals on cleaning rags as well as embers from a barbecue grill.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Two weekend grass fires in Burnet County, including one near Bertram which required Texas Forest Service assistance, have local fire departments reminding residents there is a burn ban in place for a very good reason.

High temperatures hoving above or near the century mark plus dry conditions with little to no rain expected in the forecast are turning vegetation into tinder that threatens to burn without warning.

On Saturday, an out of control burn in the 9500 block of North Ranch-to-Market Road 1174 created a wall of fire which burned up 78 acres shortly after 1:30 p.m. and threatened several structures. Texas Forest Service units from Fredericksburg responded to the scene and StarFlight was put on standby to provide air support if needed. Fences had to be cut as the fire jumped the roadway at RM 963.

Thu
06
Sep

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.

Wed
02
May

Commissioners forgo burn ban, join ATX Floods

Contributed/James Oakley
AgriLife Extension agents Kelly Tarla, left, and Linda Wells give a report on their 2017 activities to the Burnet County commissioners court.

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners decided against passing a burn ban, but did take action to have the county join a regional flood warning system at the Tuesday, April 24, regular court meeting.

Commissioners discussed the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KDBI) for Burnet County, which was measuring a low of 201 in the northern end of the county and a high of 498 in the south end of the county, with an average of 331 for the county. While neighboring counties Llano, Travis and Williamson had passed burn bans prior to Tuesday, Lampasas and Blanco counties had not.

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.

Wed
27
Sep

Llano County institutes burn ban

By Phil Reynolds

Special to the Bulletin

Llano County is under a burn ban as of Monday, Sept. 25.

County commissioners agreed to the ban after county Emergency Management Coordinator Assistant Ron Anderson reported a poll of fire chiefs in the county showed them evenly split on whether the ban is needed. Anderson told commissioners the chiefs are looking for rainy weather headed this direction from the west coast.

However, commissioners agreed the county is dry at the moment and imposed the ban.

A recent vote of commissioners gave County Judge Mary Cunningham the authority to lift a ban between commissioners court meetings if she believes it’s warranted.

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index, a widely-used index of wildfire danger, shows Llano County with an anveage index of 519, which is in the third-most-dangerous category. However, parts of the county show a KBDI of 628, well into the second-highest category.

Wed
16
Aug

Llano County cancels burn ban

The Llano County Commissioners Court rescinded a county-wide burn ban Monday, Aug. 14, just two weeks after imposing it.

When Llano got more than seven inches of rain Aug. 6-7, County Judge Mary Cunningham said she began receiving calls asking if the ban would be lifted.

Commissioners agreed, but will likely take a look at the ban again Monday, Aug. 21, at the special hearing on the proposed county budget. That meeting is set at 9 a.m. at the Llano County Law Enforcement Center, 2001 Texas 16 North in Llano. An agreement to review the ban was a compromise with Precinct3 Commissioner Mike Sandoval, who had suggested a one-week interruption of the ban only.

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