Travis County issues burn ban due to dry conditions

Brush fire burns 10 acres off Eilers Road on July 11, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Tom Rapp)
Brush fire burns 10 acres off Eilers Road on July 11, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Tom Rapp)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — With increasingly dry conditions, the Travis County Commissioners Court issued a new burn ban on outdoor burning Tuesday. The last time the county had a burn ban in place was in February.

“The most common type of fire we are seeing is fires started on the roadside due to vehicle mechanical malfunctions or poor vehicle maintenance,” said Travis County Fire Marshal Tony Callaway. “Please avoid driving into dry vegetation, and make sure your vehicles are properly maintained to avoid starting a fire.”

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

On Monday afternoon, a brush fire burned 10 acres and destroyed two small outdoor buildings in Del Valle.

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.

The burn ban is scheduled to expire on Aug. 10.

Caldwell County and Llano County are currently under burn bans as well. For a full list, click here.

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