As rain moves out, burn ban still lingers

SARA VANDEN BERGE sara.vandenberge@empiretribune.com
ECVFR Coordinator Chris Gable said the county needs a couple more inches of rain before the burn ban can be lifted temporarily.

Despite the rain and drizzle that hovered over Erath County during the past several days, the moisture wasn't enough to lift the burn ban.

"The burn ban is still in effect," Erath County Volunteer Fire Rescue Coordinator Chris Gable said Monday.

Gable said the county received a wide range of rain totals including as much as 1 1/2 inches reported in northern Erath County and as little as 1/10 of an inch in Selden.

Since Thursday, Stephenville received 1.09 inches, according to local weather volunteer Dr. Stuart Chilton.

He said the county was rated a 700-800 on the Keetch-Byram Drought Index before the recent rain, but was bumped to a 600-700.

"That's still not low enough," Gable said. "We need to get to a 500-600 and a couple more inches of rain before we can lift the burn ban temporarily."

Stephenville's average rainfall in September is 3.60 inches.