The good news: rain, with more in the forecast across Central Texas. The bad news: Bell County Commissioners have voted to extend the area burn ban, since officials say we still haven't gotten enough rain yet for the drought to be over.

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In Central Texas this year, we've received less than half an inch of rain from July through August. Last summer during that same time period, more than seven inches of rain fell.

Grass Fires in Central Texas

Since July 2022 when the current county burn ban went into effect, 446 grass fires were reported, five times the number from the same time frame last year.

For 2021, 683 reports of grass fires were received. So far this year, that number has almost doubled, with a total of 1,236 according to KWTX.

Central Texas Rain Totals

Generally light rain was reported in southern Killeen during the day, according to the Killeen Daily Herald. Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport recorded less than a third of an inch of rainfall as of 7 p.m. on Monday.

Harker Heights and Temple reported around a half-inch of rain total by the time storms stopped.

Drought Conditions

Morgan’s Point Resort fire Chief Taran Vaszocz-Williams stated that we are in the 'long game' as far as drought is concerned.

The long game is, even despite what going’s on right now, we’re still in a drought. It’s going to continue to be dry and folks need to continue to be vigilant.

Another at least 12 inches of rain are needed to end the drought.

The Top 10 Worst Places to Live in Texas

While it's always a good idea to know about areas with the lowest crime rates and best recreational opportunities when you are looking for a place to live, it’s also important to know which places to avoid. Even if you move to a neighborhood with a low crime rate, you could also be close to less safe communities.

Here are the top 10 worst places to live in Texas according to moneyinc.com.

Who Are The 5 Richest People in Texas, Not Counting Elon Musk?

There are more billionaires in America than in any other country, according to Stacker. For some people, the money just keeps pouring in, as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is projected to become the world’s first trillionaire by 2026.

However, Bezos is not the world's richest person right now. That title goes to the founder of SpaceX, Tesla, and the new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk. Musk owns a mansion in Austin but says his main home is a $50,000 rental from SpaceX in Boca Chica, Texas.

Forbes lists 63 billionaires in Texas, including Elon Musk. Let's find out who's at the top of the list in the Lone Star State for 2022, right behind Musk.

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