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Burn ban issued; fire breaks out

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Bastrop County is under a burn ban as of Monday afternoon that is planned to last through the beginning of August.As of Monday, Bastrop County’s average Keech-Byram drought index was 567, with the daily average KBDI having increased by at least ten points each day over the past week. The KBDI is a measure of drought conditions, and Bastrop County typically enacts a burn ban when the countywide average reaches 600.The matter of a burn ban was discussed at Monday’s regular meeting of the Bastrop County Commissioners Court. County emergency management coordinator James Altgelt said he contacted eight fire chiefs in ...

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