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FROM STAFF REPORTS

BURNET — Local county leaders banned outdoor burning after hot, dry conditions prompted the decision.

Llano County officials announced the move Aug. 12 followed by Burnet County Commissioners on Aug. 13.

A high-pressure system has kept temperatures elevated for several days, drying out much of the moisture from previous rains. The area could see some possible relief Aug. 14-16 as a weak cold front moves into the area, bringing with it a 20 percent chance of rain, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority.

Until some significant precipitation though, officials have instituted the burn ban.

Violation of the burn ban can bring a class C misdemeanor charge, which could include a fine of up to $500.

editor@thepicayune.com