Despite the wetter than normal late winter, Bexar County Commissioners are looking ahead to a hot, dry summer and today imposed a ban on all outdoor burning, to run through June 9, 1200 WOAI news reports.


  County Fire Marshal Greg Roberts said the drought index is high enough to justify a burn ban.


  The ban prohibits residents in unincorporated Bexar County from outdoor burning except with authorized by the Fire Marshal.  There are exceptions for firefighting training, natural gas pipeline or mining operations, harvesting of agricultural crops and burns that are conducted by a prescribed burn manager.


  There is also an exception for homeowners, it allows for the burning of household trash or domestic waste materials, 'as long as a burn barrel with a wire mesh screen is used to prevent the spread of sparks and flames.'