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Burn bans in effect for Central Texas

Burn bans remain in place for much of Central Texas.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas — Many counties have issued county-wide burn bans as dry conditions continue to affect the region.

The Travis County Commissioners Court voted to instate a ban for unincorporated areas of the county starting Oct. 13. But that ban was lifted on Oct. 27 at a commissioners court meeting. 

The Fire Marshal’s Office urges residents to still be cautious with any outdoor burning and to keep a means of extinguishing the fire nearby at all times and never leave a fire unattended.

On July 21, Hays County Emergency Management said the county had implemented a burn ban effective immediately.

"No outdoor burning is allowed until the burn ban is lifted," the county said.

Caldwell and Bastrop counties also issued similar bans. The ban in Bastrop County is in effect until 12 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5.

The Williamson County Commissioners Court approved an order prohibiting outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of the county earlier this summer. It was expanded on Aug. 25 for a period not to exceed 90 days.

This ban was lifted on Sept. 4.

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Dry conditions have prompted local officials to issue water restrictions in Georgetown, as well as for customers of Coupland-based Manville Water Supply Corporation.

In July, Georgetown said the city’s water utility reached 85% of water treatment capacity.

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