Public Sale & Use of Fireworks Prohibited AND Public Fireworks Displays on HOLD in Travis CountyFrom the Travis County Fire Marshal’s office:
Travis County Commissioners Court was presented information June 14, 2011 regarding the imminent threat of wildfire in Travis County. A local disaster declaration is required to prohibit the sale and use of fireworks. Governor Perry has extended the Proclamation Declaring Local State of Disaster and Prohibiting Sale and Use of Fireworks through 7 a.m. on July 5, 2011.
The continued lack of rain has created conditions that could allow a fire to quickly devastate large areas. The dry vegetation and frequent windy days could spread wildfires quickly and make them extremely difficult to extinguish.
Celebrating Independence Day with fireworks is a long-standing tradition in the United States. We as a nation are very proud to be free and independent from foreign control. However, the uncontrolled use of fireworks, in our current and forecast conditions, poses a hazard to the citizens and property of Travis County that is too great a risk to bear.
We would like to thank the public for their understanding during these extreme conditions, and their continued support to protect life and property in Travis County.
For these same reasons, local Fire Authorities throughout Travis County have restricted public fireworks shows due to extreme wildfire risk around July 4th holiday. Permits for public fireworks shows during the current extreme wildfire danger will not be approved.
When the weather conditions improve, Authorities will reevaluate any pending request for permits and grant approvals accordingly.