Atascosa County Fire Marshal Roger Garcia has initiated a 30-day countywide burn ban effective today, Oct. 14 due to the lowering moisture levels.
“We were fortunate enough to get a real downpour a month or so ago, but since then we’ve had at least two tropical systems avoid us and deny us some needed rain,” said Garcia. “The rain we did get a little while back was plentiful and grew the fields and roadside vegetation nice and tall. However, with the recent dryness and the expected dry weather, that green grass is quickly turning brown and dying. This is going to lead to the grass becoming a heavy ground level fuel for fire.”
The burn ban is an attempt to head off any large-scale fires and better protect the Atascosa County community and will be in effect until Nov. 12, 2020. The 30-day burn ban also comes with an order prohibiting outdoor burning. The only burning that will be allowed during this time period are agricultural burns which must meet the requirements set forth by TCEQ.
During the 30-day period, the Fire Marshal may lift the burn ban should there be a significant rainfall in the county.