“Because conditions have continued to worsen over the last week, there is an increase[d] risk in fire potential,” Chief Fire Marshal Tony Callway said in an Aug. 6 news release. “With moisture levels steadily dropping and not forecasted to rebound in the near future, this burn ban is necessary to ensure public safety.”
Neighboring Williamson County announced a burn ban the same day.
Campfires are not permitted in Travis County parks when a burn ban is in effect. However, barbecuing is allowed, so long as the fire is within a closable container or a container with a lid, such as a grill. The county recommends that people who are barbecuing keep water nearby in case of a fire.