The countywide burn ban is back on as temperatures climb and dry conditions have returned.

The Keetch-Bryram Drought Index, based on data from NEXRAD radar and the National Weather Service, has climbed in Somervell County to the second-highest level, orange, in the 14-day forecast.

The index showed Somervell County with an average of 653 in the index for the next two weeks. The highest fire danger, the red level, is at 700 to 800 in the KBDI.

The county's drought index has been climbing since June. A level of 575 is considered extreme conditions.

“We're there, guys,” County Judge Mike Ford told Somervell County Commissioners during their Monday meeting.

The log report from the Somervell County Sheriff's Department shows that fire fighting crews responded to two brush or grass fires last week, one on July 4 and one on July 6.

Commissioners unanimously approved the recommendation that the county reinstate the burn ban. Somervell will join 93 other counties that had imposed burn bans as of July 6, according to the Texas Forest Service.

The ban will last 90 days, unless lifted, and takes effect today.