Monday's rain and the scattered sprinkles of Thursday were not enough to help the drought conditions in our area, as a burn ban was issued on June 28, 2022 due to an increased threat of wildfires across unincorporated parts of Harris County.
The ban will be in effect until either the Texas Forest Service determines drought conditions no longer exist within Harris County, or 90 days after the start of the ban. The decision to implement the ban was driven by current data metrics, projected weather patterns and trend analysis, according to the county.
"Unprecedented temperatures and a lack of rain has elevated KBDI levels for this time of the year," said Fire Marshal Laurie L. Christensen. "Although we have seen some rain, it's not enough to lower the drought index levels across the county. Don't be lulled into a false sense of security with rain in parts of Harris County - the vegetation fuels are high due to drought conditions in not only open areas but, residential properties and roadways adjacent to grass and brush."
While the ban does not impact the sale of fireworks for the Fourth of July, the fire marshal's office encourages residents to attend professional fireworks displays. People who choose to use consumer fireworks are asked to read the cautionary labels, have a water source nearby, and soak the used fireworks before disposing of them.
Violating the ban is a Class "C" misdemeanor, that is punishable for up to a $500 fine.
The following are some key points provided by the fire marshal's office:
Ensure that you have the most recent information as it relates to Ricewood MUD by signing up for the District Alert System, and receive communication through text and email updates. Additionally, the District website will be updated, as needed, with information regarding droughts, weather and storm warnings, flood risks, and any possible impacts to facilities or drainage as a result of weather.
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