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Texas fires lead to hazy, smoky air in Austin

Fires across the state, like in Eastland County, have resulted in hazy air in other parts of Texas. (Texas A&M Forest Service)

Fires across the state and in Austin are resulting in hazy conditions and a smoky odor in the air on Friday.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reports the air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups, but that light winds, warm temperatures and afternoon sunshine should help increase air quality into the afternoon.

Affecting the air quality are fires across the state. Almost 123,000 acres have burned in Texas this month, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service—more than three times other Marches. This week, more than 54,000 acres burned in Eastland County, near Fort Worth as a result of dry weather.

Additionally, at around 11 a.m. Friday, Austin firefighters responded to a fire near Parmer Lane and McNeil Road, resulting in large amounts of smoke in Northwest Austin this morning. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued until 7 p.m. as weather remains dry in the Austin area.

The air quality is expected to come down to moderate conditions on Saturday and Sunday before leveling out to "good" at the start of the week.

To further increase air quality, the TCEQ has made Friday an Ozone Action Day in the Austin, San Antonio and Houston areas. This means people are recommended to share a ride, walk, bike, take your lunch to work, avoid drive-through lanes, conserve energy, and keep your vehicle properly tuned.

If required, the same recommendations will be requested tomorrow; the TCEQ will take action by 3 p.m. Friday.


Austin's airport consumer satisfaction drops from a year ago, below Texas peers

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Flyers are less satisfied with the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport than a year ago, a new study shows.

Research firm J.D. Power placed ABIA at No. 15 on a list ranking overall customer satisfaction at large airports, a slip from last year’s spot at No. 7. Other Texas airports secured rankings ahead of Austin, with Dallas Love Field at third, Houston Hobby at eight, and San Antonio International Airport at ninth.

Dallas/Ft. Worth ranked eight in the "mega airport" category.

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1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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