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Texas is currently experiencing widespread high to extreme forecast wildfire danger. According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, this week, over 6 weeks of record heat and limited precipitation will combine with sustained wind speeds over fifteen miles per hour. A combination of high temperatures, dry vegetation and windy conditions increases the potential for significant wildfires resistant to control. Roadside starts are a major cause of wildfires this summer—which include exhaust sparks, friction due to dragging chains, severely worn brake pads and under inflated tires—along with debris burning and equipment use.
(Image courtesy of Texas A&M Forest Service)
Areas at highest risk include the I-35 corridor between Dallas, Waco, Austin and San Antonio, and extending west to Abilene and Wichita Falls. Lockhart, along with the rest of Caldwell County, is currently under a burn ban amid drought conditions and high wildfire risk.
Here are some safety tips from the Lockhart Fire Department, accompanied by images from the Texas Forest Service:
• DO NOT TRY TO BURN BRUSH OR TRASH DURING A BURN BAN, or engage in any activity which may initiate a spark, such welding, pasture mowing, recreational fires, etc.
• If you live in the City of Lockhart you are required to have a burn permit from the fire department to burn brush or limbs. WE DO NOT ALLOW ANY BURNING DURING A BURN BAN AND DURING ELEVATED FIRE RISK CONDITIONS. Our burn permit application and requirements are on the city website or you can call fire administration at 512-398-2321 for information.
• Maintain a defendable space around your home. Keep the grass mowed, remove leaves, do not store flammable products or wood next to your home.
City of Lockhart
308 W. San Antonio St.
P.O. Box 239
Lockhart, TX 78644
Phone: (512) 398-3461
Open Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
CONTACT NUMBER BY DEPARTMENT
(512) 398-3461 City Hall
(512) 376-2475 Utilities
(512) 376-9469 Municipal Court
(512) 398-6452 Public Works
(512) 398-4401 Police Department
(512) 398-2321 Fire Department
(512) 398-3223 Public Library
MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Lew White, Mayor
Angie Gonzales-Sanchez, Mayor Pro-Tem
Brad Westmoreland, Council Member At-Large
Juan Mendoza, Council Member District 1
John Castillo, Council Member District 2
Kara McGregor, Council Member District 3
Jeffry Michelson, Council Member District 4
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