New burn ban in effect for Travis County

A wildfire continued burning in the Las Pulgas area of Camp Pendleton late Thursday night. (NBC/KNBC/KNSD)
A wildfire continued burning in the Las Pulgas area of Camp Pendleton late Thursday night. (NBC/KNBC/KNSD)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of the county has now been banned.

Travis County commissioners voted on the ban Tuesday, which expires in just less than a month. The Sept. 10 expiration will happen, unless the court or fire marshal decides otherwise before then.

The last burn ban was lifted May 13.

“The fire danger for our area runs from ‘moderate’ for the eastern half of the county to ‘high’ and ‘very high’ for portions of western Travis County,” said Travis County Fire Marshal Hershel Lee. “The extreme heat and lack of significant rainfall increases the chances that fires can get out of control and spread quickly.”

Under these conditions, Lee is reminding people:

  • Do not throw cigarettes out of car windows;
  • Avoid parking running, or recently driven, cars on dry grass;
  • Do not operate poorly maintained machinery on dry grass.

Still, this ban does not affect a prescribed burn under the supervision of a prescription burn manager, nor does it affect outdoor hot work when done under the guidelines established by the Travis County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Prescription burn managers and those in need of outdoor hot work permits must contact the Travis County Fire Marshal’s Office or the fire department in whose jurisdiction the work will be done.

Barbecuing in Travis County parks and parks managed by the county is allowed, as long as the fire is within a container with a lid. You should also have water nearby, in case the fire spreads.

People are reminded to call 911 immediately if a fire gets out of control.

If you have questions about the burn ban, please call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 512-854-4621 or contact your local fire department.

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