An outdoor burn ban is in effect for 90 days in unincorporated areas of Williamson County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The Williamson County Commissioners Court issued a burn ban Oct. 18 due to severe drought conditions, above average heat, low humidity, low fuel moistures and high winds, creating dangerous wildfire conditions, according to a release.
The ban, not to exceed 90 days, prohibits burning of household yard waste, such as leaves, grass, brush and other yard trimmings. Burning to clear land of trees, stumps, shrubbery or other natural vegetation is also prohibited. The use of tobacco in Williamson County parks, preserves and trails is a violation of the ban, which County Judge Bill Gravel may lift at any time, once conditions improve.
Violating the order is punishable by a fine up to $500. This is the third countywide burn ban issued this year, with the most recent order lifted Aug. 24, according to the release.
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