GOLIAD – County Commissioners Monday initiated a burn ban for the county.

The decision follows the county’s Keetch-Byram Drought Index reaching between 600 and 700.

The index is a measure of drought conditions that factors in precipitation and soil moisture.

Most counties declare a burn ban when the index is above 500.

Some burning operations are allowed under the ban, but only by permit issued by Goliad Fire Chief Alonzo Morales – who also is the Precinct 2 county commissioner.

Morales told the court that the number of grass-fire calls to the Goliad Volunteer Fire Department have been minimal but thought a burn ban would be a good preventative measure.

The 90-day burn ban is effective immediately. The vote was unanimous.