Burn Ban Information
How We Come to a Burn Ban
Deciding to Instate or Lift a Burn Ban
When a burn ban is in effect, the following are conditions when outdoor burning is acceptable.
Burning Household Trash
More Burning Information
At the request of the commissioner's court of a county, the Texas Forest Service shall determine whether drought conditions exist in all or part of the County. The Texas Forest Service shall make available the measurement index guidelines that determine whether a particular area is in drought condition.
Following a determination that drought conditions exist, the Texas Forest Service shall notify the county when drought conditions no longer exist. The Texas Forest Service uses the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, or when that index is not available, use of a comparable measurement that takes into consideration the burning index, spread component, or ignition component for the area.
If drought conditions have been determined to exist that create a public safety hazard that would be exacerbated by outdoor burning, then the commissioners court can order a specified period during which outdoor burning is prohibited or restricted. This period may extend beyond the 90th day after the date the order is adopted, but a Commissioners Court may adopt an order that takes effect on the expiration of a previous order.
The order then expires if a determination is made that drought conditions no longer exist; or a determination is made by the Commissioners Court that the circumstance no longer exist. The Commissioners Court in Hale County also relies on input from other sources when making this determination to instate a burn ban and/or lift a burn ban.
- Burning is related to public health and safety as authorized by the Texas Environmental Quality Commission.
- Firefighter training
- Household trash (See below for conditions)
- Public utility, natural gas pipeline or mining operations
- Planting or harvesting of agriculture crops. (See Below for conditions)
- Burns conducted by a prescribed burn manager
Household Trash can be burnt if:
- Trash is in a metal barrel or drum with wire mesh over the top to resist flying embers (1/4 inch X 1/4 inch opening in the wire is recommended).
- Burning in a pit in the ground as long as the trash does not extend above ground level and this pit is also covered with a wire mesh cover.
Burning for agriculture purpose crops and land clearing must be done under the direction of a burn manager. The property owner must file a burn plan with the County Fire Marshall a few days prior to the planned date.
The only time permitting for outdoor burning is required for the above exceptions is when a Declaration of a Disaster has been declared by the Commissioners Court or the Governor of the State of Texas.
More information on outdoor burning can to found at, http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/