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Fire Marshal, Head Of Emergency Management On Bexar County Burn Ban, Heat Safety

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July was the hottest month on record for the world. San Antonio saw temperatures from 93-102 degrees Fahrenheit during the month of July.

Extreme temperatures and dry weather conditions led the Fire Marshal’s Office to suggest extra precautions and a burn ban for Bexar County was implemented on August 21.


What items are prohibited from being burned? How long will the burn ban be in effect?

What are the chief duties of the Fire Marshal's Office? How do they investigate fires? What are their responsibilities as peace officers?

Outside of dangerous fires, sweltering heat poses health risks. From March through June there were 40 reported heat-related illnesses, more than half diagnosed as heat exhaustion.

As summer temperatures remain high, what are some best practices to keep you and your loved ones safe? What steps should be taken to protect vulnerable populations? What are the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion, and how is it treated?


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*This interview was recorded on Wednesday, August 28.


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Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.