Travis County commissioners approve burn ban

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Residents of Versante Canyon, located in western Travis County, clear brush to make their community less prone to wildfires. The neighborhood was certified as a Firewise Community.

Residents of Versante Canyon, located in western Travis County, clear brush to make their community less prone to wildfires. The neighborhood was certified as a Firewise Community. (via Photo courtesy Bill Childs)

Travis County is now under a burn ban, which means no outdoor burning is allowed.

Commissioners unanimously approved the burn ban that is expected to last until August 10.

The vote for a burn ban has appeared on the Commissioners Court agenda for weeks, but no action was taken prior to July 12. County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said in past Commissioners Court meetings that action will not take place at that time because of the late-May rain and wet conditions, but a burn ban in the future may be expected as conditions dry.

Commissioners may vote to extend the burn ban past its August 10 expiration at a future Commissioners Court.

As of the morning of July 12, there are 48 other counties in Texas that have enacted a burn ban.

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Joe Basco is the reporter for the Southwest Austin area. He joined the Community Impact team in May 2015. Joe was born and raised in Jacksonville, Fla., but lived in Midland for two years and reported for the Midland Reporter-Telegram before arriving in Austin.
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