AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Austin Parks and Recreation Department on Tuesday issued a temporary burn ban for all city parks, greenbelts and preserves due to current fire hazard conditions.
This includes a reminder that no smoking is allowed in city park areas, as well.
The ban means no wood or charcoal is allowed to be burned in barbecue pits or grills. Propane stoves are allowed in designated picnic areas only.
Violations of the burn ban may result in a fine between $300 and $500 if Austin Police Department or a park Ranger issues a ticket.
The public will be notified when the burn ban is lifted.
The Austin Humane Society reopened to the public Friday after closing its doors for six weeks.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.