Maps: Texas Burn Bans by County and statewide Drought Monitor

Latest updates on burn bans and drought conditions in Texas, including the San Antonio and Hill Country regions

This article provides two frequently updating maps: statewide Burn Ban by County in Texas and statewide Drought Monitor. Find specific weather conditions wherever you are in the KSAT Weather Authority mobile app or on KSAT’s Weather page.

Burn Bans in Texas

Burn bans are enacted at the county level based on local drought, wind and other conditions, and the threat of wildfire. When enacted, they prohibit or restrict outdoor burning for public safety, including campfires, controlled burns, etc.

All 254 county governments in Texas actively decide when they will allow outdoor fires.

The map below is maintained by the Texas A&M Forest Service and is updated daily as a public service. Always check your local county judge or county website for the most up-to-date information. Please email burnban@tfs.tamu.edu if you notice a discrepancy.


Drought Monitor in Texas

The U.S. Drought Monitor is updated weekly.

Below are the impacts frequently associated with each stage of drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor:

D0

  • Producers begin supplemental feeding for livestock
  • Planting is postponed; forage germination is stunted; hay cutting is reduced
  • Grass fires increase
  • Surface water levels decline

D1

  • Dryland crops are stunted
  • Early cattle sales begin
  • Wildfire frequency increases
  • Stock tanks, creeks, streams are low; voluntary water restrictions are requested

D2

  • Pasture conditions are very poor
  • Soil is hard, hindering planting; crop yields decrease
  • Wildfire danger is severe; burn bans are implemented
  • Wildlife moves into populated areas
  • Hydroelectric power is compromised; well water use increases; mandatory water restrictions are implemented

D3

  • Soil has large cracks; soil moisture is very low; dust and sand storms occur
  • Row and forage crops fail to germinate; decreased yields for irrigated crops and very large yield reduction for dryland crops are reported
  • Need for supplemental feed, nutrients, protein, and water for livestock increases; herds are soldIncreased risk of large wildfires is noted
  • Many sectors experience financial burdenSevere fish, plant, and wildlife loss reported
  • Water sanitation is a concern; reservoir levels drop significantly; surface water is nearly dry; river flow is very low; salinity increases in bays and estuaries

D4

  • Exceptional and widespread crop loss is reported; rangeland is dead; producers are not planting fields
  • Culling continues; producers wean calves early and liquidate herds due to importation of hay and water expenses
  • Seafood, forestry, tourism, and agriculture sectors report significant financial loss
  • Extreme sensitivity to fire danger; firework restrictions are implemented
  • Widespread tree mortality is reported; most wildlife species’ health and population are suffering
  • Devastating algae blooms occur; water quality is very poor
  • Exceptional water shortages are noted across surface water sources; water table is declining
  • Boat ramps are closed; obstacles are exposed in water bodies; water levels are at or near historic lows

All Texas Counties are shown in the maps above, including Anderson, Andrews, Angelina, Aransas, Archer, Armstrong, Atascosa, Austin, Bailey, Bandera, Bastrop, Baylor, Bee, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Borden, Bosque, Bowie, Brazoria, Brazos, Brewster, Briscoe, Brooks, Brown, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Calhoun, Callahan, Cameron, Camp, Carson, Cass, Castro, Chambers, Cherokee, Childress, Clay, Cochran, Coke, Coleman, Collin, Collingsworth, Colorado, Comal, Comanche, Concho, Cooke, Coryell, Cottle, Crane, Crockett, Crosby, Culberson, Dallam, Dallas, Dawson, Deaf Smith, Delta, Denton, DeWitt, Dickens, Dimmit, Donley, Duval, Eastland, Ector, Edwards, Ellis, El Paso, Erath, Falls, Fannin, Fayette, Fisher, Floyd, Foard, Fort Bend, Franklin, Freestone, Frio, Gaines, Galveston, Garza, Gillespie, Glasscock, Goliad, Gonzales, Gray, Grayson, Gregg, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hale, Hall, Hamilton, Hansford, Hardeman, Hardin, Harris, Harrison, Hartley, Haskell, Hays, Hemphill, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hill, Hockley, Hood, Hopkins, Houston, Howard, Hudspeth, Hunt, Hutchinson, Irion, Jack, Jackson, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Johnson, Jones, Karnes, Kaufman, Kendall, Kenedy, Kent, Kerr, Kimble, King, Kinney, Kleberg, Knox, Lamar, Lamb, Lampasas, La Salle, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Limestone, Lipscomb, Live Oak, Llano, Loving, Lubbock, Lynn, McCulloch, McLennan, McMullen, Madison, Marion, Martin, Mason, Matagorda, Maverick, Medina, Menard, Midland, Milam, Mills, Mitchell, Montague, Montgomery, Moore, Morris, Motley, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Newton, Nolan, Nueces, Ochiltree, Oldham, Orange, Palo Pinto, Panola, Parker, Parmer, Pecos, Polk, Potter, Presidio, Rains, Randall, Reagan, Real, Red River, Reeves, Refugio, Roberts, Robertson, Rockwall, Runnels, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, San Saba, Schleicher, Scurry, Shackelford, Shelby, Sherman, Smith, Somervell, Starr, Stephens, Sterling, Stonewall, Sutton, Swisher, Tarrant, Taylor, Terrell, Terry, Throckmorton, Titus, Tom Green, Travis, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Upton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Van Zandt, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Ward, Washington, Webb, Wharton, Wheeler, Wichita, Wilbarger, Willacy, Williamson, Wilson, Winkler, Wise, Wood, Yoakum, Young, Zapata, Zavala Counties.


About the Author:

Kolten Parker is digital executive producer at KSAT. Previously, he worked at the San Antonio Express-News and the Texas Observer.