Travis County commissioners voted unanimously this morning to extend the burn ban into October. The county is still in a moderate drought and we’ve had several days of record breaking temperatures and low relative humidity.
Travis County Fire Marshal Hershel Lee says the burn ban appears to be working.
“I have spoken with several of the fire chiefs out west this morning where the county is the driest, and they are reporting very little activity other than a few runs for people who are burning when they should not have been, and between the fire departments and the sheriff’s office, they have taken care of those," Lee says.
The burn ban applies to unincorporated areas of the county. It’s already illegal to burn within city limits without a permit.