Outdoor Burning Ban Lifted as of February 21, 2018
After careful consideration, I have made the decision to lift the current Burn Ban that went into effect on February 13, 2018. The basis of the decision to lift the ban is based on the following information:
Discussion of future conditions:
Although Travis County is currently experiencing cooler and wetter conditions, there are several factors to be aware of in the near future. The 3-month outlook for precipitation indicates a 40% chance of rainfall totals being lower than normal. The drought forecast indicates that conditions will most likely return to normal in Travis County for the near future but surrounding counties will continue to have drought potential. Temperature contrasts are likely to continue as a result of the La Nina winter that we have experienced. Cold and warm temperatures will likely occur on relatively rapid cycles moving into the early Spring.
With the impending drought pattern-, the next couple of weeks might be the last opportunity for folks on larger tracts of land to safely mitigate dead vegetation that they have proactively cleaned up around their properties in an attempt to assist in reducing fuel loads. We could potentially find ourselves in a situation that requires a lengthy burn ban as we move into Spring and Summer.
The earlier cold temperatures that killed grasses and lighter vegetation will continue to create a potential for wildfire conditions to increase with warmer, drier days. We will monitor the conditions closely and will reconsider the necessity for a new burn ban prior to Commissioners Court on February 27, 2018. Please let me know if you have any thoughts and/or concerns prior to Court on Tuesday.
Chief Fire Marshal
If you have questions about the burn ban, please call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 512-854-4621, or contact your local fire department.