By Glenda Wolin - Express-News
Extreme drought, the second-to-worst category, has spread from 5 percent of Texas to 6.8 percent since last Thursday, according to the Drought Monitor. That's a 36 percent increase.
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff signed a local declaration of disaster Thursday that prohibits certain types of outdoor burning for seven days in all unincorporated areas of the county.
Wolff made the declaration because of persistent dry and windy conditions in the area, not because of the drought ranking.
Outdoor welding is also prohibited unless the Bexar County Fire Marshal's Office is presented with a comprehensive safety plan and a complete description of the activity before conducted, the release said.
“What we hope for, of course, is that we receive some good recharge rain,” she said. “What we want is to start in January with an aquifer at a good, healthy level.”