Controlled Burning


  • Only dry plant growth generated on the burn site can be burned.
  • You cannot burn within 300 feet of a residential, recreational, commercial, or industrial area that is not located on the property where the burning is occurring.

The following prohibited materials cannot be burned:
  • Electrical Insulation
  • Treated lumber
  • Plastics
  • Non-wood construction/ demolition materials
  • Petroleum products
  • Asphaltic materials
  • Potentially explosive materials
  • Chemical wastes
  • Items containing natural or synthetic rubber
  • Household trash/ garbage/ refuse
  • Burning must be done no earlier than one hour after sunrise or later than one hour before sunset
  • Burning can only be done at a time when the wind speed is either greater than 6 mph and less than 23 mph
Effective September 1, 2009, violation of the above can be classified up to a Class "A" misdemeanor and could result in fines, confinement, or both.

Burn Notification
To notify the fire marshal's office of a controlled burn, please complete the Burn Notification Form.  If the Burn Notification Form DOES NOT appear, this indicates we are under a burn ban of some sort, (ex. burning prohibited, extreme fire danger or extremely high wind).

If you have items you need to dispose of that cannot be burned, you may be able to take them to the Hood County Citizens Collection Station. View station location and fees.


Some tips for conducting a safe controlled burn.
  • Burn a minimum of 50 feet from any structure
  • Clear the area of any overhead obstructions or trees
  • Do not allow potential runoff to flow into any public waterway
  • Do not leave fire unattended
  • Do not use gasoline to start the fire
  • Have an ample water supply to control or extinguish the fire or heavy equipment that may be used
  • Make sure you have a reliable means of contacting 9-1-1
  • Mow a 50-foot area around burn site
  • Only burn at a humidity level of 25% or greater 
  • If you feel it is warranted you may request an inspection of the burn site from a fire marshal deputy


For more information on Texas Outdoor Burning.