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Hays County ESD #6 Outdoor Burning Regulations



  1. Only natural materials shall be burned, Electrical insulation, plastics, non-wood construction, or demolition materials, potentially explosive materials, chemical wastes, and items containing natural or synthetic rubber shall not be burned.

  2. Burning shall begin no earlier than one hour after sunrise and shall be completed no later than one hour before sunset.

  3. The location for open burning shall not be less than 300 feet (91 440 mm) from any structure, and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 30 feet (91 440 mm) of any structure.

  4. Burning shall be located far enough away from roads so that smoke will not interfere with normal traffic flow, and if at any time the burning causes or may tend to cause smoke to blow onto or across a road or highway, it is the responsibility of the person initiating the burn to cease burning.

  5. Burning must be conducted downwind of or at least 300 feet from any structure, or structure containing sensitive receptors located on adjacent properties unless prior written approval is obtained from the affected occupant.

  6. Wind direction and other meteorological conditions are such that smoke and pollutants will not cause adverse effects to any public roadway, off site structures containing sensitive receptors, such as people with respiratory problems, sensitive vegetation, or livestock, or anything negatively affected by smoke or heat.

  7. Burning shall be attended at all times by persons with a means of calling the fire department and a water hose connected to a water supply or other fire extinguishing equipment readily available for use. Such as, but not limited to: front-end loader, road grader.

  8. Burning shall not be commenced when surface wind speed is predicted to be less than six miles per hour (mph) (five knots) or greater than 23 mph (20 knots) during the burn perioded dn from these regulations may result in a citation. The person conducting the burn will take full responsibility for any damages, injuries, or litigation as a result of the burn. The person conducting the burn may be liable to HCESD #6 for the reimbursement of any expenses, including, but not limited to, equipment, supplies, material, and over-time incurred by the Department in the controlling and/or extinguishment of any fire resulting from or involved with the permitted burn. HCESD #6 is not respouries caused by any permitted burn.