Burn ban lifted


Gonzales County Judge Patrick C. Davis lifted an emergency order declaring a burn ban in the county on Monday, Jan. 4.

The order had been issued Nov. 13, 2020 but was lifted due to an increase in rain.

Even with the ban lifted, citizens are “cautioned to exercise extreme caution when burning is necessary.”

The drought monitor from Drought.gov showed that Gonzales County was in D1 Moderate and D2 Severe Drought conditions as of Monday, Jan. 4. According to Drought.gov, 70% of the state’s population lives in an area experiencing drought conditions.

In Texas, burning is generally prohibited by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, with exceptions for specific conditions like cooking, ceremony or recreation, domestic waste disposal, the cremation of animals by veterinarians, and prescribed burns of forest, range and wild land. Other permitted purposes of burning and restrictions of those stated are available at tceq.texas.gov.