Midland Co. commissioners will take action on burn ban

Midland Co. commissioners will take action on burn ban
(Source: Raycom)

MIDLAND COUNTY, TX (KWES) - West Texas as we know is in serious need of rain. But looks like there's a possibility of Midland County getting a burn ban.

Many West Texas counties currently have a burn ban in place except for a couple like Andrews, Reeves and even Midland County. The county has been dealing many fires in recent weeks.

The Texas A&M Forest Service use a type of index scale called the Keetch-Byram Drought Index to determine which Texas counties could potentially get forest fires. The index begins from 0 and goes up to 800 so counties that are listed in the lower range, from 0 to 200, means they have moisture so forest fires aren't really a concern.

Midland County is listed from from the 400 to 500 range. This means wildfires can start to get worse as vegetation can burn easily.

County officials told us last week the reason they don't have a burn ban is because the index scale has to be above certain numbers for a period of time before they can issue one.

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service website, Midland County has been in the 400 to 500 scale since the beginning of this year.

The good news is Midland County commissioners will get to address the matter at commissioners court tomorrow, Tuesday Mar. 27 at 1:30 p.m. They'll take action on a possible burn ban.

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