Fires are still burning all around Austin and despite the cooler overnight lows in the 60s, we’re still very dry and the days are getting back into the upper 90s. As the events and activities around Austin increase with another UT game this weekend and ACL Music Festival next weekend, we’ll have more visitors to our city and to our parks and trails. We ask for everyone’s help in letting everyone know that a no smoking ban remains in effect for all parks, including Zilker.
While the Great Lawn and other portions of our parks are irrigated, the great majority is not, including the Trail around Lady Bird Lake, the rest of Zilker, and the Barton Creek Greenbelt. It is very dry and very warm and we ask for your help.
Below is a graphic showing in purple the extent of the Bastrop Fire, including much of one of our favorite Texas State Parks – Bastrop State Park. This fire has jumped the Colorado River twice. Over 1400 homes so far have been lost. And we’re not even counting the fires in Spicewood, at Steiner Ranch and elsewhere across central Texas.