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Travis County extends burn ban

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

On Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court extended the burn ban that has been in place since July 21 to Sept. 23. A continued lack of rain and an uncertain forecast prompted Travis County Chief Fire Marshal Tony Callaway to urge for caution regarding the burn ban in unincorporated areas of the county. “Even though we received some rain in August, it was not enough to improve the significantly dry conditions we’re experiencing,” he said. “While we could potentially receive some rainfall this week, a burn ban is still needed to ensure public safety.” Callaway noted that the burn ban could be lifted sooner if the county receives sufficient rain in the upcoming weeks to alleviate the dry conditions. The burn ban does not affect prescribed burns or prohibit outdoor grilling or barbecuing, although the Fire Marshal’s Office urges caution when partaking in these activities.

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