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Tarrant County ban on outdoor burning has been lifted

Posted Sept. 9, 2020

A countywide ban on outdoor burning has been lifted by the Tarrant County fire marshal.

The Tarrant County Commissioner’s Court had approved an outdoor burning ban for Tarrant County in August. All outdoor burning was prohibited for 90 days after the unincorporated areas of Tarrant County were determined to be under drought conditions by the Texas A&M Forest Service.

The ban was lifted Sept. 8 following widespread rainfall across the area.

Nonetheless, the Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents to observe the following requirements:

  • Burn only in unincorporated areas of Tarrant County.
  • Contact the Tarrant County Fire Alarm Center at 817-232-9800 on the day you plan to burn to register your address and to confirm it is an allowable burn day. The Fire Alarm Center is open 24/7.
  • The party responsible for the burn must be present at all times and remains liable for damages.
  • Begin burning no earlier than one hour after sunrise and end the same day no later than one hour before sunset. No burning at night.
  • Make sure the smoke does not blow toward a neighbor’s house or onto a road.
  • The burn must be downwind and at least 300 feet from structures on adjacent properties.
  • Only burn brush, tree limbs, grass clippings or leaves. The material must be generated from the property. No hauling in. No burning of construction material, heavy oils or chemical wastes.
  • No burning if wind speeds (either constant or gusts) are greater than 23 mph.
  • To conduct prescribed burns, contact the Tarrant County Fire Marshal’s Office for approval.

To report someone illegally burning outdoors, call the Tarrant County Fire Alarm Center at 817-232-9800 or the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office at 817-884-1315.

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