Outdoor burning prohibited in unincorporated areas of McLennan County

Posted at 12:11 PM, Aug 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-01 13:35:53-04

An order has been passed by the McLennan County Commissioners Court prohibiting outdoor burning in unincorporated areas of McLennan County to avoid a public safety hazard.

Local weather forecasts indicate that these dry, windy conditions are projected to continue with no reasonable expectation of significant rainfall expected in the near future.

The term “outdoor burning” means:

  • All outdoor fires, including fires contained in a container or semi-enclosure, such as a barrel or hopper. It does not include grills, barbeques or smokers which are fully covered and attended.
  • The use of welders or cutting torches is prohibited unless the user has a fire extinguisher on hand as well as additional personnel.

This order does not prohibit outdoor burning activities related to public health and safety that are authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

An offense under this order is a Class C Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00.

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