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Burn ban extended by one month

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Outdoor burning is prohibited in Bastrop County for at least another month after the Bastrop County Commissioners Court approved a new burn ban order that extends until mid-September.As of Monday, the average Keetch-Byram Drought Index, a measure of drought conditions and fire risk, in Bastrop County was 739 on an 800-point scale. Bastrop County typically considers a burn ban when the average KBDI reaches 600. The average KBDI over the 14 days before Monday was about 725, compared to the previous 14-day average of 671, Bastrop County emergency management coordinator James Altgelt told the commissioners’ court during their regular meeting ...

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