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Burn ban in effect through Oct. 25

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Bastrop County is currently under a burn ban after action by the Bastrop County Commissioners Court at their most recent meeting.The county’s average Keetch–Byram drought index (KBDI), a measure of drought conditions, hit 601 on September 16; an average KBDI of 600 is when Bastrop County begins considering a burn ban, and a measurement between 600 and 800 is associated with extreme drought and increased wildfire occurrence, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The KBDI had been steadily climbing by a few points each day in the week leading up to the implementation of the burn ban, from 623 on ...

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