Burn ban repeated in Pecos County

Pecos County’s eight-month long burn ban is no longer effect.

Pecos County Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator Jessie Dominguez relayed the information following a signed order rescinding the ban by Pecos County Judge Joe Shuster on Sept. 6.

“This will give people the opportunity to burn their piles of brush, etc. We still want to remind everyone to remain cautious when trying to burn. Try to burn when there is little to no wind and have some type of water source in case it gets out of control,” Dominguez said.

County residents residing outside of Fort Stockton city limits are allowed to have controlled burns during daylight and are asked to notify the Fort Stockton Police Department dispatch (432-336-4600) before performing a burn.

The removal of the ban comes after a significant amount of rainfall in the past three weeks.

Pecos County’s Keetch-Byram Drought Index mean reading was at 289 (on a scale of 0-800) as of Sept. 6. The minimum reading was at 18 and the maximum reading was at 614.

When the ban originally went into place on Jan. 10, the KBDI mean reading was at 530 and a maximum reading of 738.

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