Travis County to temporarily lift ban for “necessary” burning

Travis County to temporarily lift ban for “necessary” burning

01 February 2011

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USA — Travis County commissioners voted today to amend the burn ban, allowing outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of the county starting at midnight Feb. 4.

However, commissioners’ 4-0 vote on the amendment is intended for farmers, ranchers and others who need to burn to prepare for spring crops and new fields. Officials are recommending that others continue not to burn. (Commissioner Margaret Gómez was absent for the vote.)

Those with small piles of debris that don’t hinder crops or harm health shouldn’t burn until the spring “green up” occurs, Travis County Fire Marshal’s officials said. Those that “must” burn should take proper precautions and they must notify their local fire department before doing so, officials said. In addition, the fire must be constantly attended by a competent adult with means to control the fire — water or heavy equipment, for example.

Conditions are still very dry and fire officials are responding to brush fires around the county.

Before the amendment, the current burn ban would have expired on Feb. 9. Commissioners again will consider the ban at their Feb. 8 meeting.

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