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Burn Bans In Effect For Central Texas Counties

Updated: Tuesday, August 12 2014, 02:52 PM CDT
A burn ban is in effect for Travis County as of Tuesday, August 12.

The Travis County Commissioners Court voted on the ban on Tuesday.

The ban will be in effect until September 10, unless further action is taken by the Court or Fire Marshal prior to that date, a press release said.

"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."

Fire Marshals remind the public:
-Do not throw cigarettes out of vehicle windows;
-Avoid parking running, or recently driven, vehicles on dry grass;
-Do not operate poorly maintained machinery on dry grass.

This ban on outdoor burning does not affect a prescribed burn under the supervision of a prescription burn manager. It also does not 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 closeable container or a container with a lid.

Officials urge you to have water nearby, in case the fire spreads. You are also urged 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.

Burn bans are also in effect for Hays, Llano, Cadlwell, Blanco, & Burnet Counties. Burn Bans In Effect For Central Texas Counties

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