The Nueces County Commissioners' Court temporarily lifted the burn ban formerly in place because of recent rains experienced throughout the county.

The Texas Forest Service utilizing the Keetch-Byram Index values indicate that drought conditions temporarily do not exist in Nueces County.

On Monday morning, Nueces County had 490 units on the Keetch-Byram index out of a possible 800. Normally, the commissioners court approves burn bans when the index score is above 500 units.

County officials advise that citizens in the unincorporated areas of Nueces County should exercise extreme caution when burning. Some areas of Nueces County are dryer than others.

Officials also pointed to the possibility that the current conditions will be short lived, and it is possible that the burn ban could be renewed by the next court meeting on Oct. 10.