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Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Burn ban lifted for now

The burn ban is lifted, though county officials say it may be reinstated soon.

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Dripping Springs area fires deemed ‘suspicious’

Hays County Fire Marshal Mark Chambers said today that the cause of some 11 fires reported in the Dripping Springs area since Friday remains “undetermined but suspicious.”

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Dripping Springs fires may have been set intentionally

Fire Marshal Mark Chambers and the Hays County Sheriff's Office are jointly investigating a spate of fires in the Dripping Springs area that started on Friday and continued through today.

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Brush fire threatens Driftwood area homes

A brush fire threatened homes in Driftwood on Thursday evening and consumed between between 10 and 20 acres, officials said.

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Drought conditions spark partial fireworks ban

As a result of Central Texas’ dehydrated weather conditions, Hays County extended a burn ban on Tuesday and prohibited the use of bottle rockets and similar aerial fireworks ahead of the July 4 holiday.

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Commissioners call fireworks ban

On the recommendation of Hays County Fire Marshal Mark Chambers, Hays County commissioners have called a burn ban, which they expect to run through the July 4 holiday.

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Judge lifts Hays County burn ban

Hays County Judge Bert Cobb lifted a months-long burn ban today but says it's likely to be reinstated in a week. Higher humidity, calmer winds and greener grasses make it less likely that outside fires will spread...

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Rain causes county to lift burn ban, close park

Tuesday night's tropical rains were sufficient to make Hays County Fire Marshal Mark Chambers lift the burn ban, but they also were strong enough to compel the county to close Five Mile Dam Park.

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Commissioners Court puts Hays County under burn ban

Under the advisement of Hays County Fire Marshal Mark Chambers, the Hays County Commissioners Court enacted a countywide burn ban effective Monday, officials say.

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Hays County reinstitutes burn ban

The Hays County commissioners put on a burn ban this week, which will remain in effect until further notice. Hays County Fire Marshal Mark Chambers said drying conditions and high winds increase the chances for fires.

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