Burn ban in effect for Liberty County

Current drought conditions have prompted Liberty County Judge Jay Knight to call for a burn ban, effective April 7. The burn ban will be in effect until a determination is made by the Texas Forest Service or the Liberty County Fire Marshal that drought conditions no longer exist.

During a burn ban, a person commits an offense if they engage in burning any combustible material outside of an enclosure that serves to contain all flames and/or sparks, or orders burning to be performed by others. A violation of the burn ban is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500.

This order may be enforced by any duly commissioned peace officer.

The order precludes outdoor burning activities related to public health and safety that are authorized and permitted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Authorized burning may be used for firefighter training; public utility, natural gas pipelines or mining operations; or planting and harvesting of agriculture crops.

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) is used to determine the potential for forest fires in Texas. The index ranges from 0-800, with the higher number signifying a higher risk for forest fires. Currently southern portions of Liberty County have a KBDI ranging from 300-500.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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