Outdoor Burning

Outdoor Burning


Basically, the state law prohibits outdoor burning except for a few specific cases:

As long as there is no burn ban in effect, campfires, bonfires, and cooking fires are legal.
Brush from land clearing may be burned when there is no practical alternative.​

Outdoor Burning Procedures:

  • Only natural materials from that property may be burned.
  • Do not start burning until an hour after sunrise (check the newspaper or online for exact time).
  • Keep the burn small and manageable; feed it slowly.
  • Any approved large bonfire-style burns must be at least 50-feet from any structure.
  • Be sure you have a wide clearance of non-combustible ground on all sides.
  • Have equipment available that you can extinguish the fire quickly, if necessary.
  • Be sure you are downwind of all neighboring structures.
  • Be sure your fire is dead-out cold one hour before sunset, no burning is allowed during nighttime hours.
  • Follow all regulations set forth by the local regulations and TCEQ outdoor burning rule.
  • Read the TCEQ Outdoor Burning Rules. Click here for rules.
  • If a complaint of the odor is received, the fire will be extinguished.

Other Outdoor Burning Rules:

  • Portable outdoor firplaces or firepits designed to burn solid wood shall not be used within 15-feet of a structure.
  • Recreational fires on the ground (campfires) should not be conducted within 25-feet of a structure.

What's not OK to burn?

  • Paint
  • Fiberglass
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Railroad Ties
  • Electrical Insulation
  • Heavy Oils
  • Asphaltic Materials (roof shingles)
  • Chemical Waste
  • Rubber, Natural or Synthetic
  • Petroleum Products
  • Vehicles or Materials from Vehicles
  • Treated Lumber or Timbers
  • Construction or Demolition Materials Not Made of Wood

If you have questions or concerns about Outdoor Burning inside ESD No. 2 District please call 844.347.3373 or by email at chief@bastropesd2.org .