Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Burn Ban in Effect in Tarrant County starting today, July 3, 2018

UPDATE 8/24/2018 – The Tarrant County Burn Ban was lifted 8/21/2018.

Late this morning, Tarrant County Officials approved an outdoor burn ban that will be in effect for the next ninety (90) days.

What does this mean if you live in the City of Southlake?

All outdoor burning, such as burning leaves and branches and bonfires, is not allowed within the City of Southlake without a permit, but using your grill or fire pit typically isn’t a problem.  If you are unsure about using an open flame, give us a call at the Fire Marshal’s office, (817) 748-8106.

Once Tarrant County issues any kind of burn ban the City of Southlake will adhere to the burn ban regulations to maintain consistency with burn bans within the county. This means that no permits will be issued for open flames.

“Because it’s been so hot and so dry, it’s always better to be safe than sorry,” said Fire Chief Mike Starr. “We want to remind our citizens to use caution whenever they are dealing with open flames.”

He also noted that an outdoor burn ban means that experts feel conditions are ripe for an imminent threat of severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from the threat of wildfire due to the dry grass conditions and gusty winds that can occur.

A violation of the International Fire Code, related to open burning, is a class C Misdemeanor and punishable of a fine up to $2,000.00.

For information on outdoor cooking and outdoor welding guidelines, you can go to www.tarrantcounty.com and click on the Burn Ban link on the right side of the page.

For our residents in the rural areas, we strongly suggest that you make sure you keep about 30 feet of mowed area around your home and any other buildings on your property, to help prevent a fire from reaching your structures.

Tarrant County Issues Burning Ban

As of today, all outdoor burning in Tarrant County is PROHIBITED.

Tarrant County Commissioner’s Court approved and issued an Outdoor Burning Ban for Tarrant County today. The Outdoor Burning Ban will be in place for the next ninety (90) days.

The unincorporated areas of Tarrant County have been determined to be under drought conditions by the Texas Forest Service.  These conditions have prompted the Tarrant County Fire Marshal to request the Ban on Outdoor Burning in an effort to protect lives and properties of the residents in Tarrant County. Denton County is also under a 90-day outdoor burning ban.

A violation of the Court Order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning is a class C Misdemeanor and punishable by a fine up to $500.00.

For information on outdoor cooking and outdoor welding guidelines, you can go to the Tarrant County website.

We urge all residents of Tarrant County to help us during this time.

For our residents in the rural areas, we suggest you make sure that you keep an area of approximately 30 feet mowed around your home and outbuildings to prevent a fire from reaching your structures.

Residents should also take measures to protect their homes by removing unwanted combustible debris and vegetation away from their homes and be sure to keep water hoses readily accessible in the event a small fire starts.

All Tarrant County residents are cautioned to BE SAFE during the burn ban.

Tarrant County January Burn Ban Lifted- Guidelines for Southlake Outdoor Burning Still in Effect

The Tarrant County Fire Marshal’s Office has lifted the Tarrant County burn ban  on outdoor burning as of Tuesday, March 28, 2017. However, we’d like to remind you that the City of Southlake regulations differ from those of Tarrant County.

Typically Southlake does not allow for open burning. Residents are reminded to follow the Fire Marshal’s standard procedures and restrictions on any outdoor burning including: cookouts, ceremonial fires etc. A permit is required and may be obtained at no cost at any DPS fire station or the City of Southlake Fire Marshal’s office.

If you have any question about Southlake burn regulation, please contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 817-748-8233.

The Ban on Outside Burning in Tarrant County Has Expired

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The Tarrant County Fire Marshal’s Office reminds you that if you conduct an outside burn you must:

  • Contact the Tarrant County Fire Marshal’s Office at 817-838-4660 before you burn to make sure it is an allowable Burn Day.
  • Stay with the fire at all times while it is burning.
  • Only burn from sun up to sun down — no burning at night.
  • Have water and cell phone available.
  • Consider your neighbors when burning by making sure the smoke does not blow towards a neighbor’s home.
  • Be extremely careful.
  • Only burn brush, tree limbs, grass clippings and leaves — no trash or building materials.

For more information on restrictions and guidelines for outdoor burning, visit the Tarrant County Fire Marshal’s website

Tarrant County Is Now Under A Ban on Outdoor Burning

tarrantcountyToday, October 7, 2014, the Tarrant County Commissioner’s Court approved an Outdoor Burning Ban for Tarrant County. As of today, all outdoor burning in Tarrant County is PROHIBITED. This Outdoor Burning Ban will be in place for the next 90 days.

The unincorporated areas of Tarrant County have been determined to be under drought conditions by the Texas Forest Service. These conditions have prompted the Tarrant County Fire Marshal to request the Ban on Outdoor Burning in an effort to protect lives and properties of the residents in Tarrant County.

A violation of the Court Order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning is a class C Misdemeanor and punishable of a fine up to $500.00.

For information on outdoor cooking and outdoor welding guidelines you can go to www.TarrantCounty.com and click on the Burn Ban link on the right side of the page.

We urge all residents of Tarrant County to help us during this time. For our residents in the rural areas, we suggest that you make sure that you keep an area of approximately 30 feet mowed around your home and outbuildings to prevent a fire from reaching your structures.

We encourage all Tarrant County residents to BE SAFE.

Tarrant County Implements Outdoor Burn Ban

The Tarrant County Commissioner’s Court approved an Outdoor Burning Ban for Tarrant County.

This Outdoor Burning Ban will be in place for the next 90 days.

Tarrant County is under imminent threat of severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from the threat of wildfires due to the dry grass conditions and gusty winds that occur during the winter season; therefore, all outdoor burning in Tarrant County is Prohibited.

A violation of the Court Order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning is a class C Misdemeanor and punishable of a fine up to $500.00.

For information on outdoor cooking and outdoor welding guidelines you can go to www.tarrantcounty.com and click on the Burn Ban link on the right side of the page.

For our residents in the rural areas, we strongly suggest that you make sure that you keep an area of about 30 feet mowed around your home and out buildings to prevent a fire from reaching your structures.

Burn Ban Lifted-Guidelines for Outdoor Burning Still in Effect

Important Notice: The City of Southlake has lifted its ban on outdoor burning but guidelines remain in effect. Residents are reminded to follow the Fire Marshal’s standard procedures and restrictions on any outdoor burning including: cookouts, ceremonial fires etc.  A permit is required and may be obtained at no cost at either DPS fire station or the City of Southlake Fire Marshal’s office.

Tarrant County has also lifted its burn ban. For more information on restrictions and guidelines for outdoor burning http://tcweb.tarrantcounty.com/eGov/site/default.asp

Burn Ban Issued for Southlake–Tarrant County

The City of Southlake is under a burn ban for at least the next 90 days.  No burn permits will be issued during this time. The burn ban follows recommendations from Tarrant County officials who issued a 90 day outdoor burn ban effective today.

Tarrant County made the recommendation after the Texas Forest Service and the Tarrant County Fire Marshal determined that unincorporated areas in the county are under drought conditions.  This move will help protect the lives and property of residents in Tarrant County.

A violation of the Court Order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning is a Class “C” Misdemeanor and punishable by a fine of up to $2,000. We urge all residents to comply with the burn ban to help prevent fires during these extremely dry conditions.

For more information please go to www.tarrantcounty.com and click on the “Burn Ban” link on the right side of the page.

If you have any questions, please contact Fire Marshal David Barnes at 817-748-8233.