Brown County commissioners agreed Monday it’s time to reinstate a countywide ban on outdoor burning, citing the dry, windy conditions that are creating a fire danger.
Commissioners approved the burn ban after first passing a resolution finding that an emergency situation existed because of the fire danger. That finding was necessary because the information on the Keech Byram Dought Index does not place the county in conditions to warrant a burn ban.
Commissioner Gary Worley favored a burn ban because, Worley said, the county has been in a “fire alert mode” for several weeks. Commissioner Wayne Shaw said contiguous counties have been under a burn ban.
In other business Monday, commissioners heard a presentation from Dam Fire Chief Chris Weber on the annual Central Texas Wildfire Academy, which is Feb. 11-14 at Camp Bowie.
Classes will be offered on several topics, and firefighters will perform a prescribed burn of 1,000 to 1,500 acres Sunday, Weber said. The burn will not only provide training for firefighters but burns off vegetation, helping prevent the spread of future wildfires.
Fifty firefighters have registered, and there will be 50 to 55 staff, Weber said.