The unanimous vote came after hearing from Robert Bridge, emergency management coordinator.
Bridge said that his concern, and also of the area fire chiefs, was the amount of dead, flammable grass and other debris on the ground.
“After consulting with various sources including the computer index KBDI (Keetch-Byram Drought Index) and several of the fire chiefs, it was the consensus that we implement a burn ban at your will,” Bridge said during the court’s meeting Monday morning.
“Even though, today, it is a misty day thanks to the good Lord, the fuel is very dry, and the conditions are not good for the prevention of fires.”
The drought index currently places Bee County at an index of 606, which is the threshold that many county leaders use to implement burn bans.
Surrounding county courts also have implemented similar burn bans because of the drought.
“I think we are the only county in this area that doesn’t have a burn ban,” said County Judge David Silva.
Commissioners had previously banned the use of aerial fireworks this holiday season. This includes bottle rocket style fireworks with fins and sticks but not ground fireworks such as Blackcats.
• Approve a proclamation declaring January as Crime Stoppers Month,
• Approved a resolution allowing the sheriff’s office to apply for the Border Star Grant.
• Approved the new state comptroller mileage reimbursement rate of 51 cents.
• Heard an update from Commissioner Dennis DeWitt on the status of the Medio Creek culvert replacement. Oil field companies previously agreed to replace the culvert with a bridge that will span just more than half a mile on West King Lane in north Bee County. Crews are still working on the design of the new bridge.
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.