Harris County Burn Ban Lifted

Harris County Burn Ban Lifted

October 10 2023

Today, the Harris County Fire Marshal announced that the burn ban has been lifted.

The Harris County Commissioners Court approved to lift the burn ban in unincorporated Harris County, which was put in place on August 8, 2023. However, it is important to note that outdoor burning is still not allowed across Texas. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) does allow for some exceptions through the Outdoor Burning Rule, which aims to safeguard the environment and promote public health and safety. Learn more about these exceptions by clicking the button below.

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The most recent burn ban was put into effect across Unincorporated Harris County due to extreme temperatures and continuous dry conditions. According to Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie L. Christensen, the burn pan was put in place to reduce the potential of a devastating wildfire within the community. During the burn ban, residents of Unincorporated Harris County were only allowed to burn in an enclosure that contains all flames and/or sparks; outdoor burning activities authorized by TCEQ; approved ceremonial fires; non-commercial cooking such as backyard cookouts and barbecues; and welding and other "hot work" performed in accordance with county fire code requirements.

Source: HCFM

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