County enacts burn ban
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The Ellis County Commissioners Court re-enacted its burn ban today with the drought index well over the threshold used to determine the need to stop open burns.
Fire Marshal Joe Stewart said the Keetch-Byrum Drought Index was at 702 as of this afternoon’s court gathering, with 500 used as the county’s threshold for enacting a ban. The jump is far ahead of the 14-day prediction of 566, which Stewart shared at the last commissioners court meeting July 22. The last burn ban was rescinded that day to give agricultural producers an opportunity to burn off agricultural waste.