A red flag went up in DeWitt County Monday night.
It was the burn ban flag. Drought conditions are severe enough for county commissioners to adopt a burn ban in the rural portions of the county for the next 90 days.
According to the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, this county is considered at the top of the chart for dry conditions.
The court had considered adopting the order two weeks ago but light rains were sufficient to postpone that action.
After approving the burn ban, County Judge Daryl Fowler assured the court if conditions change over the next few weeks, he can order the ban lifted.
This burn ban applies to the unincorporated portions of the county. It prohibits outdoor burning to reduce the chances for brush fires.
Violations of the burn ban may result in a misdemeanor fine of up to $500.