By Lisa Treiber-Walter —
A countywide “burn ban” prohibiting outdoor burning was enacted by the Gillespie County Commissioners’ Court Monday morning, Aug. 26.
The order was signed into effect at 9:15 a.m. when county officials acted on the urging of Gillespie County Fire Marshall Steve Olfers.
“We recognize that there are some areas of the county better off than others, but, generally, the county is still in a pretty critical situation,” Olfers advised commissioners.
The “sprinkles” of rain that fell Monday and Tuesday amounted to temporary moisture that would not make significant changes in the drought picture, he said.
“Overall, we’re losing ground moisture which affects your canopy fires (from cedars and other above-ground foliage),” Olfers said.
“When you think about the data we’re getting with the canopies and the larger fuels drying up, it makes life so much more difficult with that threat,” he added.