FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 23, 2022
Subject: Brazoria County Issues Burn Ban
Burn Ban in effect for Brazoria County
Brazoria County – Brazoria County has issued a county burn ban effective immediately for the unincorporated areas of Brazoria County due to the hot, dry conditions throughout the county. The Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) for Brazoria County on June 22nd was 684 (countywide average) and continues to rise as the Summer heat dries out the soil and vegetation. Once the KBDI reaches within the 600-800 range, drought conditions are considered severe, with an increasing concern for wildfires. This burn ban does not affect the sale or use of fireworks in unincorporated areas.
The burn ban prohibits outdoor burning. Violations of the burn ban order include burning any combustible material outside of an enclosure, serving to contain all flames and/or sparks, or ordering such burning by others. Contained BBQ pits and grills are permitted, but open flame pits are not allowed. Any violation of this Order is a Class C Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine.
If weather conditions improve for safe outdoor burning within 90-days and the KBDI average is below 400 for five consecutive days, County Judge Matt Sebesta may authorize the burn ban to be lifted. Please refer to the Brazoria County website for updates concerning the burn ban at http://www.brazoriacountytx.gov
Public Information Officer
Office of County Judge L.M. “Matt” Sebesta, Jr.