After a recommendation from Montgomery County Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams, the Montgomery County Commis-sioners Court has extended the current burn ban for another 90 days.
Williams noted that while there has been a significant amount of rain during the past several weeks, it has been patchy and spotty in places, leaving
a significant risk for wildfires.
"Recent Keetch-Byram Drought Index sat at 619, with some areas around Magnolia above 700," he said. "Readings above 600 represent higher fire danger, while readings above 700 indicate larger wildfires are possible."
Williams said the region has been a lucky this season as compared to 2011, because winds have not been as high.
"Most recent fires have been quickly contained and extinguished by firefighters and the Texas A&M Forest Service," he said.
Williams said that his department will continue to monitor conditions and urges residents to comply with the ban. Residents who do not comply could be ticketed or even arrested.
Information on the burn ban can be obtained through Williams' office at www.mctx.org/fire or through the Magnolia Fire Department at www.magnoliafire.org.