Outdoor burning is prohibited in Round Rock due to a county-wide burn ban, effective 4:30 p.m. March 25.
Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell issued an order declaring a local state of disaster for Williamson County. The order prohibits outdoor burning in all of the unincorporated areas of Williamson County and smoking in and/or on Williamson County parks, preserves and trails due to dry vegetation, wind and imminent threat of severe damage. The order is in effect for the next seven days and can be lifted by the County Judge if conditions improve.
Drought conditions, high heat and wind are contributing factors to dangerous fire conditions, which can quickly lead to the spread of a large, damaging fire.
Possible violation of the ban is considered a criminal offense and punishable by a fine up to $1,000 or up to 180 in jail. A person violates this order if he or she burns any combustible material outside of an enclosure which serves to contain all flames and/or sparks, or orders such burning by others. The order prohibits the burning of household yard waste, such as leaves, grass, brush and other yard trimmings. It also prohibits burning in order to clear land of trees, stumps, shrubbery or other natural vegetation.