How Much More Rain Bell County Needs to End Drought and Burn Ban
The good news: rain, with more in the forecast across Central Texas. The bad news: Bell County Commissioners have voted to extend the area burn ban, since officials say we still haven't gotten enough rain yet for the drought to be over.
In Central Texas this year, we've received less than half an inch of rain from July through August. Last summer during that same time period, more than seven inches of rain fell.
Grass Fires in Central Texas
Since July 2022 when the current county burn ban went into effect, 446 grass fires were reported, five times the number from the same time frame last year.
For 2021, 683 reports of grass fires were received. So far this year, that number has almost doubled, with a total of 1,236 according to KWTX.
Central Texas Rain Totals
Generally light rain was reported in southern Killeen during the day, according to the Killeen Daily Herald. Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport recorded less than a third of an inch of rainfall as of 7 p.m. on Monday.
Morgan’s Point Resort fire Chief Taran Vaszocz-Williams stated that we are in the 'long game' as far as drought is concerned.
The long game is, even despite what going’s on right now, we’re still in a drought. It’s going to continue to be dry and folks need to continue to be vigilant.
Another at least 12 inches of rain are needed to end the drought.