City of AustinFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Due to high temperatures and lack of rainfall the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is enacting a burn ban. The burn restriction prohibits the building of fires and grilling in all City of Austin parks, greenbelts and preserves, pursuant to Ordinance No. 20111102-025, effective immediately and until further notice. This includes the use of wood or charcoal BBQ pits/grills/smokers. Propane stoves are allowed in designated picnic areas only. As a general reminder, smoking is always prohibited in City of Austin parks.
The Austin Police Department’s Park Police and PARD's Park Rangers will enforce the ban in the City’s parks and greenbelts. Violations may result in a fine between $300 and $500.
The burn ban helps ensure the safety of park patrons and surrounding communities, while minimizing the wildfire risk in the City’s parks and greenbelts. The Department will continue to evaluate fire conditions and will lift the ban as soon as it is safe to do so; a media advisory will be distributed at that time.