The Hays County Commissioners Court on Tuesday issued a countywide burn ban, effective immediately. Charcoal and gas grills are exempt from the ban, but burning in “burn barrels” (including barrels with screens on the top) is not allowed.
“If you are grilling outdoors, please use extreme caution,” Hays County Fire Marshal Mark Chambers said. “Make sure you have a water source nearby to douse escaping sparks and never leave your grill unattended. Place the grill away from anything else that could catch fire, including your house, and don’t dispose of coals until you are certain they are cold.”
Residents can help lower the risk of grass fires by making sure vegetation is cut back and periodically watered in compliance with any local watering restrictions. Drivers should avoid parking vehicles on grassy areas since automobile catalytic converters can start fires along the road. Tossing cigarettes – even ones that appear to be out – can spark a fire.
Questions about the burn ban can be forwarded to the Hays County Fire Marshal at 512.393-7339 or firstname.lastname@example.org.