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Burn Ban Called By Comal County Fire Marshall

Eileen Pace

The National Weather Service has issued an elevated-to-near-critical fire danger statement for the San Antonio area, the Texas Hill Country and most of South Texas. With winds of nearly 30 miles per hour on heat indexes of 103 to 108, there is an increased risk for brush fires.
Increasingly dry conditions also have prompted Comal County to issue a burn ban beginning at 6 a.m. Friday.  That means no open flames, including campfires on the river, torches or trash burning. Barbecue grills are allowed only if they are elevated off the ground and have a lid to cover the flame. 

Bexar County is recommending no burning outdoors as well, but a burn ban has not been issued yet.

Burn bans are in effect however for Kerr, Kendall, Caldwell, Travis, Llano and Burnet Counties and may be issued in other counties before the weekend, when temperatures are expected to reach triple digits. 

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.