Montgomery County commissioners approved a burn ban for the County Tuesday morning, Sept. 10, at the request of Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams. Williams said he requested the ban because the County has reached 650 in the Keetch-Bryam Drought Index, which is a system of testing based on the daily water balance in soil. The index ranges from 0 to 800, with higher numbers representing a greater risk for fire.
Williams said some areas, including Splendora, are at a higher drought index level.
There has been an increase in fires in recent days. Williams said there were just over 30 wildfires in the County over the weekend, with some causing damage to structures and homes.
Williams said as soon as Montgomery County gets rainfall, the ban could be lifted.
The maximum fine for violating the burn ban, a Class C misdemeanor, is $500.