An outside burn ban continues in Brown County, and residents have plenty of company.

The Texas Forest Service said a record 248 counties now have outdoor burn bans as the drought continues during oppressive summer heat.

The agency reported Monday that the only Texas counties lacking bans on outdoor burning are Brooks, Chambers, Jefferson, Orange, Willacy and Zapata counties.

The previous record, prior to this year's drought, was set in January 2006 with 221 Texas counties having outdoor burn bans. That mark was passed in June.