Unincorporated Areas of Hays County Now Under Burn Ban

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – At the January 24 meeting, the Hays County Commissioners Court placed the unincorporated areas (including extra territorial jurisdictions) of the county under an immediate burn ban following a report from Fire Marshal Clint Browning.

Browning noted that while fire trucks have become stuck in muddy areas recently, high winds have dried out the frozen brush and grasses that become tinder for wildfires and that chances for rain in the coming week is slim. “Area fire chiefs are concerned, as several departments have had to respond to fires that could have been more difficult to contain,” he said. “While the KDBI is low, it does not include the situation we have now, where the freeze has killed a lot of our grasses.”

Charcoal, wood and gas grills with lids are exempt from the ban, but burning in “burn barrels” or fire pits (including ones with screens on the top) is not allowed. Grilling of any kind is prohibited at Hays County parks under a burn ban. Most cities already prohibit outdoor burning, but residents within city limits should check their city ordinances.

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