The lack of rain and dry conditions throughout the last few months has led Grimes County Judge Joe Fauth to a disaster declaration for the county.
“Grimes County has not had significant rainfall for an extended period of time, creating hot, dry conditions, that pose a threat of large, fast moving wildfires, which have the potential to destroy lives, and property,” said Fauth, reading the declaration. “The current Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), an index maintained by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M Forest Service, which is used to determine fire potential, shows a value of 706 for Grimes County. This indicates the county is in severe drought, and at increased risk of wildfire occurrence.”
That was him speaking during yesterday’s (Wednesday) meeting of Commissioner’s Court. The declaration will last for seven days, before commissioner’s must gather to re-approve it.
It’s implementation is more than just about being ahead of the curve, too.
“Though some of our citizen’s have been fortunate to get a slash of rain here and there, there is potential fr additional funding through the federal government. One requirement is having a disaster declaration in place,” said Fauth. “So, with money potentially upcoming, this is a benefit to our farmers, ranchers, beekeepers…those engaged in agriculture, who meet those requirements.”
A reminder a Burn Ban is still in effect for Grimes County.
Rain is in the forecast for Thursday through Friday.