City of AustinFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No fires or grilling at any City of Austin parks, greenbelts, or preserves.
Dangerous fire conditions currently exist in the Central Texas area. In accordance with established criteria, the Parks and Recreation Department has issued a Parks Burning Restriction effective July 21, 2023 to ensure the safety of park patrons and surrounding communities, while minimizing the wildfire risk in the City’s parks and greenbelts.
The burning 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.
Park Rangers will enforce the burning restriction in the City’s parks and greenbelts. Violations may result in a fine between $300 and $500. Austin Parks and Recreation will continue to evaluate fire conditions and will lift the burning restriction as soon as it is safe to do so; a press release will be distributed at that time. For more information about wildfires, please visit AustinTexas.gov/Wildfire.