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County issues burn ban

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 by Tai Moses

Beginning this Friday, outdoor burning will be prohibited in the unincorporated areas of the county, per a ban issued by the Travis County Commissioners Court. As Travis County Chief Fire Marshal Tony Callaway explained, “We have thoroughly evaluated current conditions throughout the county and determined a burn ban is necessary to ensure the public’s safety. Above-normal temperatures and minimal rain chances are expected to create drier, more dangerous conditions over the next seven to 10 days. Additionally, as growing season ends, vegetation will dry out, which increases the risk of fire.” The ban does not affect prescribed burns or outdoor welding, cutting or grinding operations. The burn ban will expire on Wednesday, Oct. 27, “unless further action is taken by the county judge or county fire marshal prior to that date.”

 

 

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