This map shows where outdoor burning isn’t allowed in Texas right now because of drought. It shows Travis County, Williamson County, and the whole state. Texas burn ban information changes every week.
State of Texas: Burn bans
Burn bans are put in place at the county level because of drought, wind, and other factors in the area, as well as the risk of wildfire. When laws are passed, they ban or limit outdoor fires for public safety, like campfires, controlled fires, and more.
There are 254 county governments in Texas, and each one makes its own decisions about when people can start fires outside.
A Drought Monitor Is Set up In Texas.
The US Drought Monitor is updated every week. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, these are the most common effects of each stage of drought.
- Producers start giving their livestock extra food.
- Planting is put off; forage germination is slow; hay cutting is cut less.
- It gets worse when there are grass fires.
- Surface water levels fall.
- Dryland crops are short.
- Early cattle sales start.
- Wildfires become more common.
- Stock tanks, creeks, and streams are running low; people are asked to cut back on water use.
- The pasture is in a very bad state.
- Crop yields go down because the soil is too hard to plant in.
- Wildfire danger is very high; burn bans have been put in place.
- Wildlife moves into areas where people live.
- Hydroelectric power is harmed; well water use rises; mandatory water restrictions are put in place.
- Some of the soil is very dry. There are also a lot of cracks in the soil.
- Row and forage crops don’t grow. Irrigated crops have lower yields and dryland crops have a big drop in yields.
- The need for extra feed, nutrients, protein, and water for livestock grows, so herds are sold.
- An increased risk of big wildfires has been found.
- Many industries have to pay a lot of money.
- Reports say that a lot of fish, plants, and wildlife died.
- Water sanitation is a concern because reservoir levels drop, surface water is almost dry, river flow is very low, and salinity in bays and estuaries rises.
- There has been a lot of unusual and widespread crop loss; rangeland is dead; farmers aren’t planting fields.
- Culling is still going on. Producers wean calves early and liquidate herds because they have to pay to bring in hay and water.
- Seafood, forestry, tourism, and farming businesses have lost a lot of money.
- Extreme concern for fire danger; firework restrictions have been put in place.
- Widespread three deaths have been reported. Most wildlife species are having problems with their health and population.
- Devastating algae blooms happen, and the water quality is very bad.
- Surface water sources are running low, and the water table is dropping.
- Water levels are at or near historic lows, and boat ramps have been closed.
The Current Effects.
See or report current drought effects at the Drought Impacts Toolkit. There, you can see and report effects from news sources and citizen scientists, as well as volunteer observers.
When there is a drought, no two states have the same set of problems. In the U.S. Drought Monitor, there are tables for each level of drought that show how each state has been affected by droughts in the past.
State-specific possible effects add to the general possible effects column in the U.S. Drought Monitor Classification Scheme.
In the unincorporated parts of Hidalgo County, outdoor fires aren’t allowed. This includes cities that don’t have their own firefighting resources, which is what this means.
There will be a 90-day limit on the extra-territorial jurisdiction area and any property that is right next to these areas. The restrictions will be lifted if the Texas Forest Service or this court makes a decision to do so.
You should always be careful when you burn trash or do any kind of outdoor burning. The law says that if you burn something outside without permission, it’s a crime. If there is not a burn ban in place, you can do this.
A burn ban doesn’t need to be in place for outdoor fires to be illegal. Class C misdemeanor: Allowing your fire to spread onto someone else’s property is the same as breaking a burn ban. You can be fined up to $500 for this.
Arson is when you deliberately set fire to someone else’s property. This is a felony offense that can get you up to $10,000 in fines and up to 99 years in prison.
People can’t start fires outside in unincorporated areas of Hidalgo County, even in cities that don’t have their own firefighting resources.
The outdoor burn ban, on the other hand, doesn’t stop burning activities that are good for public health and safety, like firefighter training. These activities are allowed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The public good
People who work with natural gas pipelines or mines; people who plant or harvest agricultural crops; or people who do prescribe burns under Section 153.047, Natural Resources Code.
Residential brush fires will be allowed, but only if the County Fire Marshal’s Office gives you a permit to do so. There is no ban on cooking outside with a grill, pit, or another cooking device.
These rules can be changed at any time if the weather improves, so don’t burn anything. Misdemeanor: If you break this order, you can be fined up to $500.