Hays County officials reinstated the burn ban for unincorporated areas (including extra territorial jurisdictions) in the county, effective immediately.
Charcoal, wood and gas grills with lids are allowed under the ban, but burning in “burn barrels”, including barrels with screens on top) is now allowed.
According to the June 19 press release, grilling of any kind is prohibited at Hays County parks during the burn ban. Most cities already prohibit outdoor burning but residents within city limits should check their city ordinances.
“The area fire chiefs and I agree that we’ve seen enough fire activity to make outdoor burning a concern,” said Clint Browning, Hays County Fire Marshal. “We are getting closer to the 575 mark on the drought index and expect that we will hit it next week since chances of rain appear almost non-existent.”
In the press release, Browning states citizens should keep water nearby when grilling outside, keep the grill away from the house or any other combustible materials and never leave a grill unattended by an adult until it is properly extinguished.