The July 1 episode of The Austin Breakdown digs into local officials' response to statewide bans on abortion following the U.S. Supreme Court's repeal of Roe v. Wade; the Austin Fire Department’s caution to residents planning to celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks; and more news from across the metro area.

Wildfire risk is high ahead of Independence Day

Falling water levels in Central Texas lakes have caused the city of Austin to enter into the first phase of its Drought Contingency Plan. Travis County, Hays County and Williamson County have all implemented burn bans.

With July 4th celebrations close ahead, concerns about the risk of wildfires increase. Open flames from residents lighting fireworks and other pyrotechnics present a danger to the area facing drought conditions, according to state and local authorities.

Austin Fire Department Division Chief Tom Vocke advises community members to attend official, permitted local firework shows this year.

Also on this episode...

Austin ISD trustees approve a $1.9 billion budget for the upcoming school year; Kyle and Georgetown city councils approve homestead tax exemptions; Austin celebrates Independence Day; and more.