Burn ban in effect for Travis and Hays counties

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by KVUE News

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Posted on January 22, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 22 at 10:02 AM

AUSTIN -- Fire officials are taking precautions to help cut back on the number of grass fires sparking in Central Texas.

With low humidity and higher winds in the forecast, the National Weather Service put out a statement alerting people to the possible danger.

Crews dealt with several small fires on Tuesday. To try and prevent intentional fires from spreading, both Travis and Hays counties have enacted burn bans.

Some departments are also spending time clearing out debris. In rural areas crews combed through land, creating a fuel break. They say it will keep a fire from quickly spreading, minimize the probability of a fire igniting in the first place and protect wildlife.

Another preventative step consists of prescribed burns. Fire departments have conducted them in the last few weeks to allow the flames themselves to clear out debris that could act as fuel for any fires that might spring up.

Burn bans are back in effect for the first time in several months in both Hays and Travis counties. Even when the temperatures are low, the danger of fire still exists here in Central Texas.

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