Jul. 25 -- Although Navarro County has not yet imposed its outdoor burn ban this summer, 57 of Texas' 254 counties have, citing dry conditions and extreme heat.
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"We are starting to receive questions regarding the possibility of a burn ban, fire conditions, and rules for burning," said Eric Meyers, Navarro County Emergency Management Coordinator.
Meyers cited the Keetch-Byram Drought Index used in determining forest fire potential.
"Our current KBDI is averaging 400 on the 0 to 800 scale. The typical trigger for action on an Outdoor Burning Ban is when KBDI values reach 575; fire occurrences increase and become an above-normal threat to public safety; or forecasted fire weather conditions indicate the potential for prolonged high wind/low humidity days that would exacerbate fire behavior."
While Navarro County has experienced isolated grass fires, the overall trend remains low. With that in mind, there is an abundance of fuel load, the amount of flammable material that surrounds a fire, due to an abnormally wet spring and early summer.
Meyers said as these fuels dry due to heat and lack of rainfall, fires will likely increase.
"We will be monitoring this closely, along with fire calls throughout the county, to advise the Navarro County Commissioner's Court who ultimately institutes a burn ban, unless an emergency ban is needed and declared by the County Judge."
While Navarro County is not currently under an outdoor burning ban, please use caution with outdoor burning and activities that may result in a fire.
"A constant reminder for our residents, if you are responsible for a fire that escapes your property and damages nearby property, homes, or injuries neighboring people or livestock, you are legally responsible for these damages. This is true whether a burn ban is in place or not," Meyers said.
Always use caution, and if in doubt contact your nearest VFD for assistance or a site assessment. Also if you are conducting a controlled burn or prescribed burn, please notify Navarro County Sheriff's dispatch at 903-654-4001. ___
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