BE CAREFUL ANYTIME AND ALWAYS WHEN BURNING OUTDOORS
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
regulates outdoor burning in Texas. The following are guidelines or outdoor
burning, as taken from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
guidebook to Outdoor Burning:
Outdoor Burning Publication
GI-415 - Do's
for Outdoor Burning at Your Residence - (PDF)
Controlled Burning Guidelines for Brazos County
- PLEASE notify
Brazos County 911 Dispatch in advance of your burn by calling
(979)-361-3888. You must call each day that you burn. This number is not for
reporting emergencies; to report a fire or other emergency, dial 911.
Likewise, 911 is not to be used for reporting controlled burn information.
- You may burn
brush, leaves, untreated lumber, or any other natural product on the land
from which it was cleared. You MAY NOT burn insulation (electrical or
otherwise), treated or painted lumber, plastics, sheetrock, shingles,
carpet, rubber products, paints, oils, or
any material brought onto the site
from elsewhere, including brush cleared from another location.
You may burn household garbage in a burn barrel in areas where a rural trash
pickup service is not available.
- You may not burn on
windy days or during dry periods. The wind speed
greater than 6 miles per hour,
but no more than 22 miles
per hour. During dry periods, the Brazos County Commissioner's
Court may enact a
"burn ban" in which
NO OUTDOOR BURNING IS PERMITTED,
including burn barrels. Local radio and TV stations will broadcast
information on burn bans, and you may call Brazos County 911 Dispatch
(non-emergency number) to request the wind speed and to find out if a burn
ban is in effect.
- Burning hours are from one hour AFTER sunrise
to one hour BEFORE sunset.
No additional material may be added to the fire that would cause burning to
extend past this time.
- Campfires, cooking
fires, and bonfires are allowed to burn after dark, as long as the materials
are those listed above as legal to burn. During periods of a burn ban,
types of fires may not be burned.
Other than burn bans, and legal materials listed above, the general rules on
allowable outdoor burning do not apply to fires covered by this exception.
- Your fire must be
downwind of or at least three hundred feet from the nearest property with
any type of structure. The immediate area of the fire should be clear of
brush, overhanging limbs, and other combustibles. You should have a shovel,
rake, and a hose connected to a reliable water source nearby to prevent the
spread of the fire. The fire
must be tended at all times until it is completely out.
- If wind carries smoke across any public roadway, you must
post someone on the road to flag traffic in accordance with Texas Department
of Public Safety regulations.