Fort Bend County Commissioner’s Court approved an outdoor burn ban for unincorporated areas of the county during a regular scheduled session of court, Tuesday, August 8, 2023.
As the extreme heat continues and drought conditions progress, the risk for fire dangers increase. The Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s Office has been monitoring the Keetch-Bryam Drought Index which is used in determining 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 drought index ranges from 0 to 800, where a drought index of 0 represents no moisture depletion, and an index of 800 represents absolutely dry conditions. As of today, August 8, 2023, Fort Bend County’s index was 651.
After presentation of index values and the continued forecast of extreme heat with no rain, Commissioner’s Court came to a consensus that circumstances present in the county can potentially create a public safety hazard. The Declaration and Order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning in Fort Bend County states that no person burn or order another to burn any material outside of an enclosure designed to contain and capable of containing all flames, sparks, embers, cinders and ash produced by burning. Therefore, limits the use of open flames which includes burning trash, campfires, using burn barrels and any other open flame devices.
Work has begun on two projects to improve our existing facilities and provide additional space for our operations and admin staff. On Friday, March 10, 2023, we had the honor to welcome Fort Bend Precinct 1 County Commissioner Vincent Morales, Jr., Jennifer Knesek, District Assistant for Texas Senator Joan Huffman, and Wendi Lojo, Senior Advisor for Texas District 26 Representative Jacey Jetton as we kicked off Station #1 renovations and the construction of our new District Administrative building. Pictured below at Station #1 from left to right is Willowfork Fire Chief Billy Wilson, ESD #2 Board of Commissioners Wes Noonan, Steven Fein, and Daryl Brister with Fort Bend Precinct 1 Commissioner Vincent Morales Jr. in the center and ESD # 2 Board of Commissioners Robert Miller and Corey Zollinger with Texas Senator Joan Huffman’s District Assistant, Jennifer Knesek and Texas District 26 Representative, Jacey Jetton’s Senior Advisor, Wendi Lojo to the right. Everyone had the opportunity to swing a sledgehammer before moving on to the building site of our new Admin building adjacent to Station #3. We hope you will be as excited as we are to watch these projects progress!
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