The City of Huntsville and Walker County are currently under a strict burn ban due to lack of rainfall and extreme temperatures. Walker County Judge Danny Pierce and the Walker County Commissioner’s Court approved the burn ban for Walker County to be effective at noon July 18, 2016.
“The burn ban will typically last 45 days,” said City Fire Chief Tom Grisham, “unless we have a significant amount of rainfall during that time, then the appropriate parties can make a decision about lifting the ban.”
The Huntsville Fire Department is working with the Texas Forest Service to monitor the area’s Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), which is an index used to determine forest fire potential. The drought index is based on a daily water balance, where a drought factor is balanced with precipitation and soil moisture. The City is averaging an index of 595 which is why the burn ban was put into place.
The Huntsville Fire Department does not issue any burn permits during this time and residents within the city limits who do not comply with the burn ban a citation may be issued.
For any questions or concerns, please contact the Huntsville Fire Department at 936-291-3047