Nueces County Commissioners Court adopted the attached outdoor burn prohibition in Commissioners Court this morning. The Keetch Byram Index was over 550 units.

The Texas A&M Forest Service determined that drought conditions exist in Nueces County and the Commissioners Court decided under those circumstances present in the unincorporated portions of the county creates a public safety hazard that would be exacerbated by outdoor burning. 

The Texas Local Government Code provides that such an order lasts for a maximum period of up to 90 days or until a determination by the Texas A&M Forest Service that drought conditions no longer exist.

The Commissioners Court of Nueces County, that all outdoor burning is banned in the unincorporated area of the county for 90 days from the date of the adoption of this Order, unless the restrictions are terminated earlier based on a determination made by the Texas A&M Forest Service or this court.

This order does not prohibit burning activities related to public health and safety that are authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (formerly Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission) for (1) firefighter training; (2) public utility, natural gas pipeline or mining operations; or, (3) planting or harvesting of agricultural crops, or, bums that are conducted by a prescribed bum manager, in accordance with the Natural Resources Code, or burns that are conducted by the members of a prescribed bum organization under conditions and standards set out in the Natural Resources Code.