Fort Bend County was scheduled to declare an order to prohibit outdoor burning in unincorporated areas of the county at Tuesday’s commissioner’s court meeting.

Extended extreme heat and lack of rain in the county has lead to the Texas Forest Service declaring that drought conditions now exist in the county, according to the declaration.

The order would prohibit outdoor burning in unincorporated areas for 90 days or when the Texas Forest Service determines that the drought is over, whichever comes first.

The ban would not affect burning activities related to public health and safety, or other activities like firefighting training or planting or harvesting agriculture crops.

Commissioners will also look to approve a bond election for flood mitigation projects throughout the county. The 26 projects would cost the county over $82.9 million.

Four of the projects – at Flat Bank Creek, Bessie’s Creek, Jones Creek and McCrary Road – are projects that could get federal funding for $115.1 million, and the county would add $38.4 million for the projects, if approved.

The commissioner’s court meeting is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Tuesday on the second floor of the Fort Bend County Courthouse.

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