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Burnet County commissioners on Aug. 14 removed an emergency declaration from the county burn ban but left the ban in place. The ban prohibits outdoor burning. The disaster declaration, which prohibited outdoor cooking and welding, was made July 30 in response to the Park Road 4 fire. Courtesy photo by James Oakley

Burnet County burn ban continues; commissioners set proposed tax rate

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County commissioners voted during the Aug. 14 regular meeting to remove the emergency declaration from the county burn ban but leave one in place. (more…)

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The fate of a waterway dredging operation hangs in the balance as Llano County residents assemble groups to try to defeat a plan for a mining company to remove sand from a portion of Sandy Creek. Courtesy photo

Save Sandy Creek meeting Aug. 16 over ‘sand mine’ concerns

FROM STAFF REPORTS SUNRISE BEACH VILLAGE — Those interested in how a proposed “sand mine” in Sandy Creek will affect the area can attend a public presentation Aug. 16. (more…)

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This photo from Aug. 8 showed how Town Lake in Llano had no overflow, forcing the city to enact Stage 5 water restrictions. After weekend rains, city officials lowered mandatory water restrictions to Stage 3. Staff photo by JoAnna Kopp

After weekend rains, Llano lowers water restrictions to Stage 3 — for now

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS LLANO — Although Llano received less than an inch of rain in the past week, city officials on Aug. 14 lowered mandatory water restrictions from Stage 5 to Stage 3. Heavy rains farther west — about 4 inches in parts of Mason County — flowed down the Llano River and into Llano’s […]

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Grenwelge Park in Llano had no water flow from the city’s dam Aug. 8. Water flow is minimal along the Llano River, which is the city’s source for water. Staff photo by JoAnna Kopp

Potential rainfall this weekend significant for drought-stricken Llano and Burnet counties

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS LLANO — Rain overnight Aug. 9-10 provided a respite from a run of very hot days in the Highland Lakes. Chances are high that the rains will continue through the weekend to provide relief from worsening drought conditions. (more…)

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A wildfire forced the evacuation of Inks Lake State Park and nearby homes on CR 114 to Park Road 4 in Burnet County. Courtesy photo

Burnet County disaster declaration, burn ban remain due to wildfires, dry conditions

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County remains under a Declaration of Disaster and outdoor burn ban as hot, dry conditions continue after two major wildfires. (more…)

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The city of Llano on Aug. 4 announced Stage 5 water restrictions, the final step in its Drought Contingency Plan. File photo

UPDATE: Llano modifies Stage 5 restrictions to allow sprinkler system use one day per week

  UPDATE: As of Aug. 7, the city of Llano modified its Stage 5 restrictions to allow residents to irrigate with sprinkler systems or hose-end sprinklers once per week on designated watering day from 7-10 p.m. Filling or refilling of any pools and/or hot tubs is allowed in lieu of landscape irrigation. Also, water rate […]

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A wildfire that began in the late afternoon on Sunday, June 29, on private property near Inks Lake State Park forced the evacuation of about 250 park visitors. This photo was taken at 5:22 p.m. from the Inks Lake walking bridge looking southeast toward the fire. Staff photo by Jared Fields

UPDATE: Park Road 4 fire 90 percent contained; another blaze at CR 228-US 183

FROM STAFF REPORTS HOOVER’S VALLEY — Fire officials reported that the Park Road 4 wildfire was 90 percent contained as of approximately 11:35 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, though people might see smoke emanating from the burned area. (more…)

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More than 100 firefighting personnel, including from out-of-state agencies, have assisted in battling the Park Road 4 fire in Burnet County. Courtesy photo by James Oakley

Park Road 4 fire: Evacuated residents can return home; more than 100 personnel battling blaze

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — The Texas A&M Forest Service announced July 31 that evacuated residents near the Park Road 4 fire will be allowed back into their homes at 5 p.m. (more…)

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Kingsland Water Supply considering mandatory restrictions if drought continues

Kingsland Water Supply considering mandatory restrictions if drought continues

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS KINGSLAND — Kingsland Water Supply Corp. anticipates implementing Stage 2 of its drought management plan “within the next couple of weeks if there is not significant rain in that time period,” according to General Manager Leonard Leinfelder. (more…)

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UPDATE: City of Llano moves to Stage 4 water restrictions

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — As inflows from the Llano River continue to decrease and water temperatures remain warm, city of Llano officials have initiated Stage 4 water restrictions as of July 31. (more…)

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UPDATE: Officials say ATV is cause of Park Road 4 fire, which is 50 percent contained

UPDATE: Officials say ATV is cause of Park Road 4 fire, which is 50 percent contained

BURNET — An all-terrain vehicle has been determined as the cause of the Park Road 4 fire near Inks Lake State Park, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.  (more…)

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Could it be? Rain and highs in the 90s in the forecast

Could it be? Rain and highs in the 90s in the forecast

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Hold onto your hats: There’s a chance for rain early next week, and temperatures could dip into the low 90s in the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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Llano residents still using too much water under Stage 3 restrictions; city issues reminder

Llano residents still using too much water under Stage 3 restrictions; city issues reminder

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — City officials are asking Llano residents to double down on their water conservation efforts after entering Stage 3 restrictions in early July. Under Stage 3, daily water usage should be down to 800,000 gallons, but, according to a city of Llano media release, daily usage is at about 1 million […]

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A wildfire scorched about 15 acres July 23 on RR 1174 near Whitewater Springs. The road was temporarily closed as firefighters contained the blaze. Photo courtesy of David Maple/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wildfire scorches 15 acres off RR 1174 in Burnet County; fourth blaze in recent weeks

FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM — Despite the heat and fire services taxed from battling other area wildland blazes, crews were able to swiftly snuff a 15-acre blaze July 23 just off RR 1174 near the Whitewater Springs subdivision, officials said. (more…)

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An airplane drops fire retardant to help contain a blaze off CR 108 north of Burnet. The fire started Sunday, July 22, and had spread to about 800 acres by the morning of Monday, July 23. Courtesy photo

UPDATE: CR 108 Fire in Burnet County not completely contained but almost, say officials

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — The CR 108 Fire north of Burnet isn’t at 100 percent containment yet, but it’s close. (more…)

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Excessive heat warning extended; triple digits continue for at least another week

Excessive heat warning extended; triple digits continue for at least another week

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — With temperatures expected to reach as high as 107 degrees on some afternoons in the Highland Lakes, National Weather Service officials have issued a multi-day excessive heart warning. (more…)

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The Smith West Fire in northern Blanco County and southern Llano County has had a devastating effect on vegetation. Firefighters and emergency workers worked around the clock to get the fire under control. Courtesy photo

Crews make progress in two wildfires but worry weather will worsen conditions

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Fire crews are still fighting two wildfires that have burned about 1,800 acres in Llano and Blanco counties, but they’ve made progress in battling the two separate blazes. (more…)

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NWS issues warning as temps rise to 107; no relief in sight

NWS issues warning as temps rise to 107; no relief in sight

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Burnet and Llano counties from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, July 19. (more…)

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Crews battle two wildfires as combined scorched-earth tally surpasses 2,500 acres

Crews battle two wildfires as combined scorched-earth tally surpasses 2,500 acres

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO COUNTY — Llano County emergency officials launched into action July 18 as the second of two large wildfires continued to rage through an undeveloped area northwest of a Blanco County blaze. (more…)

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It’s only gonna get hotter as the week goes by; NWS issues hazardous outlook warning

It’s only gonna get hotter as the week goes by; NWS issues hazardous outlook warning

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — As summer rolls along, it’s bringing possible 100-plus-degree temperatures through the remainder of this week and into the next. The coolest day — if you can call 98 degrees cool — for the next several weeks will likely be Monday, July 16. After that, temperatures steadily climb into the triple […]

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An environmental group critical of a planned Sandy Creek dredging operation has offered development recommendations to government leaders and private companies in charge of decisions about granting permits. Photo courtesy of Collier Materials

Environmental group offers ‘good neighbor’ suggestions for mining operations

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY SUNRISE BEACH VILLAGE — Environmental groups and government entities have drafted resolutions and proposed stricter oversight on the burgeoning mining industry as planned dredging operations await word about permits from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. (more…)

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Preparations are underway to move the city of Llano into Stage 3 water restrictions due to dwindling in-flows on the Llano River. Courtesy photo

UPDATE: Llano enacts Stage 3 water restrictions July 10

UPDATE: As of July 10, the city of Llano has moved to Stage 3 water restrictions, triggering a series of requirements for residents as detailed in the municipality’s updated Drought Contingency Plan.   STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — From limits on duration of landscape irrigation to prohibition of “non-essential” water usage, Llano residents could […]

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Independence Day forecast calls for chance of wet weather and cooler temperatures

Independence Day forecast calls for chance of wet weather and cooler temperatures

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — After the onslaught of triple-digit temperatures, there appears to be some relief in sight July 4, although it might dampen your celebrations a bit. (more…)

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Diminishing flows into the Llano River due to lack of rain have prompted concerns about the city’s water source for domestic use. On June 29, the dam on Town Lake in the heart of Llano appeared to be reaching a critical flow level. Courtesy Photo

Dwindling river flows prompt Llano restriction warning, alternative water source plans

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — As water flows decrease in the Llano River, city officials and a private company have launched plans in anticipation of more stringent domestic use restrictions and the need for alternative water sources for a nearby sand plant operation. The city of Llano, which is currently at stage 2 water […]

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UPDATE: Burnet County joins other counties as well as Marble Falls in imposing burn ban

UPDATE: Burnet County joins other counties as well as Marble Falls in imposing burn ban

  UPDATE: As of noon July 2, Burnet County joined the list of counties imposing a ban on outdoor burning, officials said.   FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — As the summer dry spell and heat linger, several area counties and municipalities have imposed burn bans. The city of Marble Falls is under a burn […]

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The fate of a waterway dredging operation hangs in the balance as Llano County residents assemble groups to try to defeat a plan for a mining company to remove sand from a portion of Sandy Creek. Courtesy photo

Fishery expert cites habitat concerns in Sandy Creek dredging plans

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO COUNTY — Construction company owner Steve Nash believes striking a deal with Collier Materials to dredge a portion of Sandy Creek on his property will prove beneficial and should dispel any concerns by area residents against the proposed operation. (more…)

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