Travis County extends burn ban through Nov. 6


Travis County commissioners voted unanimously to extend a burn ban through Nov. 6 at a meeting Oct. 8.

“The only element that’s really keeping us from having more fires … is our ongoing humidity levels,” Travis County Fire Marshal Tony Callway told commissioners.

With the changing of the seasons, humidity is expected to drop.

This is the second extension of a burn ban that began Aug. 6 due to hot and dry weather conditions.

Campfires are not permitted in Travis County parks when a burn ban is in effect. However, barbecuing is allowed as 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.

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Emma Freer
Emma Freer began covering Central Austin for Community Impact Newspaper in 2017. Her beat includes the Travis County Commissioners Court and local business news. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2017.
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