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No Burn Ban Issued in Smith County

August 16, 2016: Smith County Fire Marshal Connie McCoy-Wasson reported to Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, that there is no need to issue a Burn Ban in Smith County because of the last few days of rain! Please continue to use caution when burning!

 August 9, 2016:

If Smith County doesn’t see rain this weekend, a burn ban could be issued next week.

Smith County Fire Marshal Connie McCoy-Wasson on Tuesday reported a Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) of 658. Used to determine forest fire potential, the KBDI ranges from 0 to 800. In the past, Smith County has issued a burn ban when the drought index reaches 700, she said.

Weather reports show a chance for rain this weekend, but if conditions remain dry, Ms. McCoy-Wasson said she expects to bring a Burn Ban Declaration to the Commissioners Court on Tuesday, August 16, for approval.

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