With Parker County at an elevated risk of wildfires due to drought conditions, Parker County Judge Mark Riley has declared an Emergency Burn Ban.
Judge Riley’s Emergency Burn Ban is good for seven days and will last through 11 a.m. on Oct. 15. However, Parker County Commissioners Court can extend the burn ban at their next meeting slated for 9 a.m. Oct. 14 if conditions are warranted.
Parker County currently sits at an average of 639 on the Keetch Byrum Drought Index (KBDI), with some areas of the county topping 700.
KBDI indexes of 600-800 are the most severe associated with intense, deep-burning fires with significant downwind spotting. Even live fuels such as grasses and trees can be expected burn actively at these levels.
Violation of the burn ban is a Class C Misdemeanor and could result in a fine of up to $500 plus court costs.