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Lookin’ at you, Barbecue Joe

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by Tai Moses

It’s hot as blazes in Central Texas right now, so the Austin Parks and Recreation Department has wisely banned blazes in city parks, preserves and greenbelts, at least until the danger of wildfire decreases. Open fires and grilling, including “the use of wood or charcoal BBQ pits/grills/smokers” are prohibited, effective immediately. Propane stoves may be used only in designated picnic areas. The city is not fooling around: park police and rangers will be enforcing the burn ban and any violation could result in a fine of $300-$500. So put the briquettes down, slowly, and enjoy your gazpacho.

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