AUSTIN (KXAN) - The burn bans are back.
Travis County commissioners voted Tuesday to continue the ban on outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of the County.
The previous burn ban was scheduled to expire Thursday. Travis County Fire Marshal Hershel Lee recommended the new burn ban, saying that the U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that the majority of Travis County is in moderate drought with portions of western Travis County in severe drought.
Hays and Williamson counties also voted for burn bans.
Lee urged people to pay close attention to red flag warnings, which are issued by the National Weather Service and indicate periods of high winds, low humidity and high-fire danger.
"During red flag warning periods, like we experienced (Monday), everyone should avoid starting a fire," said Lee.
This ban on outdoor burning does not affect a prescribed burn under the supervision of a prescription burn manager. It also does not affect outdoor hot work when done under the guidelines established by the Travis County Fire Marshal's Office. Prescription burn managers and those in need of outdoor hot work permits must contact the Travis County Fire Marshal's Office or the fire department in whose jurisdiction the work will be done.
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