Austin Parks and Recreation Department issues burn ban

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With an ongoing drought, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department issued a citywide burn ban Tuesday. The ban has no preset end date and went into effect immediately.

It is now illegal to build a fire or to smoke in any Austin park, greenbelt or preserve. Grills fueled by wood or charcoal are also banned in those locations, but propane stoves are allowed in designated picnic areas.

People found to be in violation of the ban face a possible fine of $300 to $500.

Printed on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 as: Green areas citywide affected by burn ban