KAUFMAN COUNTY, Texas — A burn ban in Kaufman County has been lifted after favorable rainfall, a reduction in drought conditions, and no recent grass or brush fires occurring in the county.
Despite the burn ban being lifted, Kaufman County Fire Marshal Randy Richards says there are still regulations that must be followed when burning outdoors.
According to a release from Kaufman County Judge Hal Richards' office, the county's average drought index number on October 24, 2019, was 479, well below the burn ban consideration benchmark of 575 and, with heavy rainfall on October 24 and 25, that number is expected to return lower.
Since the rainfall last week, there have been no grass or brush fires occurring in the county, according to the release.
"The Kaufman County Fire Marshal’s Office, on a daily basis, will continue to monitor the KBDI Drought Index, the number of fires that occur, the behavior and intensity of any fires that do occur, and will continue to work closely with the Texas A&M Forest Service to evaluate fire weather in Kaufman County," read the statement.
"Should any future drought conditions develop in our County, the Kaufman County Fire Marshal’s Office will readily recommend another burn ban to the Commissioner’s Court," continued the statement.
According to Richards, when conducting a controlled burn, the person conducting the burn must contact the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office and be logged into the Control Burn Log.
Any outside burning must be attended with a water source readily available to extinguish the fire in case it becomes out of control.
Fires can be started one hour after sunrise and be completely extinguished, without smoke showing, one hour before sunset.
The only items that can be burned on the ground are brush, grass, and leaves produced from the land it will be burned on and cannot be transported from another location to be burned.
Only common household trash can be burned in a burn barrel with a fine, heavy mesh grate or screen over the top.