(Seguin) -- Recent rains have helped to lift the outdoor burn ban in the unincorporated areas of Guadalupe County. The order was announced Tuesday following reports of three to four inches of precipitation in the area.
Patrick Pinder, Guadalupe County fire marshal, emergency management coordinator, says the county is thankful for the rain. He says conditions were just getting too dangerous across the county.
"What the rain has done is it has lowered our KBDI (Keetch-Byram Drought Index) down below 500 which is what the commissioners court and myself kind of look at to see when we need to put the burn ban on or take the burn ban off. Currently as of today, the KBDI was at 465. Last week, we were in the 700s so obviously, the rain has impacted us in a good way," said Pinder.
Pinder says the timing for the relief was perfect. He says officials were already set to do what they needed to help protect the county.
"The burn ban went into effect I believe it was June 20 of this year. We were actually set to talk about that in commissioners court next week and we were going to extend it next week before we got all of this rain," said Pinder.
Although the burn ban has been lifted, residents are still reminded to exercise caution while getting rid of their trash and brush. Those with specific questions about burning on their property are asked to contact the fire marshal/emergency management office at (830) 303-8856.