Last Updated on October 24, 2016 – 12:48 PM CDT
The Moore County Commissioners Court voted Monday to reinstate a burn ban effective immediately, given the current dry conditions and a forecast of continued weather with little moisture.
Moore County Emergency Management Assistant Coordinator Tim Nicholson told the commissioners Moore County’s KBDI value is between 300-400. An index of 0 means there is no moisture depletion and an index of 800 represents absolutely dry conditions. Nicholson said there’s an abundance of deal fuel in the county, raising the risks for grass fires. Dumas Fire Department Capt. Galen Davis said they have responded to six grass fires already in October.
As of Oct. 21, there are 51 counties in Texas with burn bans, including Oldham, Hartley, Dallam and Sherman. Dallam County has a KBDI value of 200-300.
The burn ban restricts the burning of household trash to approved containers in the county. No burning is allowed inside the city limits.