Grayson County Commissioners extended the county’s burn ban again on Tuesday. The ban makes it illegal to burn in the unincorporated areas but does not prohibit things like barbecuing.
Grayson County Office of Emergency Management Director Sarah Somers said the drought conditions for the area are continuing to worsen. She acknowledged that the area is expected to get some rain this week and agreed with commissioners in the hope that the rains don’t trigger flooding.
“When I sent you the drought conditions this morning, they hadn’t posted it today,” Somers said of the current KDBI average in the county of 694 on a scale of 800. “They have already gone up another four points. Some parts of the county, it’s 740.”
Generally, the county considers burn ban-related questions when the KBDI is 650 or above. The KBDI is an index based on temperature estimates and precipitation gathered from weather stations and analyzed by experts at the Texas Forest Service.
Grayson County Commissioner Bart Lawrence said he was going to move to continue the ban because he wanted to force it to rain. County Judge Bill Magers teased that Lawrence should go wash his car.
“I’ve done everything I can think of,” Lawrence said.
The motion passed unanimously.
“I don’t believe that the rain predicted is going to get us that far,” Commissioner Jeff Whitmire said when the discussion turned to how to decide when to lift the burn ban.
“I hope not,” Somers said, adding that it would not be a good thing for the area to bounce from drought to flood and, probably, back to drought again. “I would like some slow steady rain for two weeks. That would be nice.”
Commissioner David Whitlock agreed with Somers’ assessment.