New outdoor burn ban issued for area counties

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TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — As conditions continue to remain dry, both Hays and Travis Counties have issued burn bans starting Feb. 9.

Don’t panic barbecue lovers, you can still cook outside as long the fire is contained in a close-able grill, barbecue pit, or smoker with a lid. Make sure you have water close by while you cook your barbecue in case the fire gets out of hand. If the flames become too much to handle call 911 immediately to keep the fire from spreading.

This ban does not include prescribed burns or outdoor hot work, which needs an approved permit. For permission contact the Travis County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Set to expire March 9, fire officials will convene Feb. 16 to discuss what further actions need to be taken. The previous burn ban was lifted Oct. 26, 2015.

“Yesterday, Travis County was under a National Weather Service Fire Weather Watch due to high winds and low humidity. When that type of weather is combined with dry, small fuels such as grass, the chances of fire growing and getting out of control increase,” said Travis County Fire Marshal Hershel Lee. “Due to these conditions, it is important that Travis County residents observe the burn ban and do their part to not cause a spark that will start a fire.”

Questions about the burn ban can be directed to the Fire Marshal’s Office at 512-854-4621.

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