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Travis Commissioners Extend Burn Ban

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A burn ban remains in effect in Travis County and several Central Texas counties to guard against wildfires, like last year's burn in Bastrop County (pictured).

Cold weather, no matter.  Recent rain, no matter.  Conditions are still dry enough for Travis County Commissioners to extend the current outdoor burn ban another month.

According to a release from Travis County Fire Marshal Herschel Lee,

Travis County ended the year with a significant deficit in annual rainfall and has experienced several freezes.  This combination has led to a dramatic curing of the fuels which makes them easier to ignite.  Fire Departments are continuing to receive calls to respond to grass/brush fires.  Due to the dry fuel conditions and increased safety concerns for fire fighters and the residents, the Fire Marshal’s Office recommended approval of the Order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning in the Unincorporated Areas of Travis County.

The most recent US Drought Monitor map shows Travis County suffering moderate-to-severe drought conditions.  The outdoor burn ban is in effect until February 9, unless county commissioners vote for another extension.

Ian Crawford joined KUT as News Editor in 2008, after spending over four years as a reporter/anchor at KLBJ Radio in Austin. He began his broadcasting career while still in high school in Southern Oregon. During high school and college at the University of Oregon, he worked at times as a reporter, news anchor, sports play-by-play reporter, music host and commercial producer before moving to Texas in 2003.
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