Building of fires in all City of Austin parks is temporarily prohibited
Due to the dangerous fire hazard conditions that currently exist in the Central Texas area, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department is temporarily prohibiting the building of fires and smoking in all City of Austin parks, greenbelts and preserves pursuant to Ordinance No. 20111102-025, effective immediately. This includes the use of wood or charcoal BBQ pits/grilles/smokers. Propane stoves are allowed in designated picnic areas only.
The Parks and Recreation Department is working with the Austin Police Department’s Park Police and Parks and Recreation Park Rangers in the enforcement of the fire building ban and smoking ban in the City’s parks and greenbelts in order to provide for the public’s safety. Violations of this burn ban may result in a fine up to $2000.
The Burning Restriction is necessary to ensure the safety of park patrons, surrounding communities and in an effort to minimize the risk of a wildfire in the department’s parks and greenbelts. The department will continue to evaluate the fire hazard conditions and will lift the restriction as soon as conditions will allow. A media advisory will be distributed when a date to end the Parks Burning Restriction is determined.
Communications and Public Information Office
301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701