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Commissioners to consider fireworks sales

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, June 9, 2018
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As drought creeps back into the area, Wise County commissioners will pick up the discussion on the sale of fireworks and fire conditions Monday at its regular meeting.

The meeting will start at 9 a.m. in the third floor of the courthouse.

Wise County Emergency Coordinator Cody Powell will address current fire risk conditions and the extended forecast with commissioners along with covering options for the county prohibiting various types of fireworks.

The local government code limits the county to banning only missiles with sticks and rockets with fins. Powell said a caveat to the restrictions is the county must be an average of 575 on the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), which measures the wildfire potential by taking into account the soil moisture. The scale ranges from 0 to 800. The top end of the scale represents completely dry conditions.

As of Thursday, the county was at 456, Powell said.

Forecasts predict the county will be above the 575 average between June 21 and 25.

To enact a ban, the county must do so by June 15.

“We will not be at the 575 prior to that date,” Powell said. “The question we will have is do we want to put it on based on what the predicted value will be on July 4.”

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