The county-wide burn ban will be rescinded, effective at noon on Thursday, according to a rescinding order signed and released on Wednesday afternoon.
The burn ban was originally set to expire on September 14 at that morning's regular commissioners' court meeting. On August 24, the court had voted to extend the burn ban until this time, unless conditions allowed for it to be rescinded early based on the advice of fire chiefs and the Office of Emergency Management.
Read the order here.
In their Facebook post announcing the rescinding order, the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management reminds everyone to burn responsibly, clear the area around a fire and that it is illegal to leave fires unattended or burn after dark. They also advise to not burn on windy days, when conditions are dry or when the humidity is low.
According to an interactive map from the Texas A&M Texas Weather Connection, 578.2 is Bastrop County's mean Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), which is a measure of drought conditions. The KBDI ranges from 467 to 698 across the county. An average KBDI of 600 across the county is generally the point at which Bastrop County issues a burn ban.