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Travis County Burn Ban Back On

The Travis County Commissioners Court and county Fire Marshall agree it's time to reinstate the burn ban.
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The Travis County Commissioners Court and county Fire Marshall agree it's time to reinstate the burn ban.

The burn ban is back.

At their meeting this morning, the Travis County Commissioners approved a recommendation from county Fire Marshall Hershel Lee to reinstate the ban.

The ban prohibits the burning “of any combustible material outside of an enclosure which serves to contain all flames and/or sparks,” along with “any activity outdoors which could allow flames or sparks that could result in a fire unless done in an enclosure designed to protect the spread of fire,” i.e., smoking. If you’re in need of more guidance, you can read the court order.

The ban had been temporarily lifted around the holiday season. But despite recent rains, Texas drought conditions plod on.

Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.
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