AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Travis County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to continue the ban on outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of the County.
"Recent rains have caused vegetation to turn green, but this week's forecasted 100-degree weather will quickly dry plants and grasses, adding to the fuel load," said Travis County Fire Marshal Hershel Lee.
The previous burn ban went into effect on July 2 and was scheduled to expire Wednesday, July 31. The new ban is scheduled to expire on August 28.
"We are headed into the historically hot and dry month of August," Lee said, "and with the U.S. Drought Monitor still classifying the county in a severe drought, we need to continue to exercise caution when it comes to burning."
This ban on outdoor burning does not affect a prescribed burn under the supervision of a prescription burn manager.
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.
If you have questions about the burn ban, you can contact the Fire Marshal's office at 512-854-4621, or your local fire department.
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