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Burn Ban Information

Burn Ban Information:  A burn ban is an emergency declaration submitted through recommendations by the County Fire Marshal, Forest Service and Weather Service which prohibits any out door burning or open flame during special times of draught or extreme weather conditions. In Addition, there is a scale called the Keetch-Byrom Drought Index that is used which measures the moisture in the soil that is directly proportional to that found in vegetation.

This procedure goes through the agenda process with the Commissioner’s Court and County Judge approve before being placed into effect.

General Requirements for Outdoor Burning

There may be local ordinances or county burn ban regulations that must be met. Under ALL of the exceptions, the burning must not create a nuisance or traffic hazard, and you must comply with all applicable local rules or ordinances.

These are general requirements for allowable outdoor burning.

You Must Still Comply

Outdoor Burning Regulations


  1. You may not burn in the unicorporated area of Dallas County unless you have been issued a burn permit.
  2. A daily burn permit must be obtained by submitting a burn permit application for the specific area you wish to burn to the Dallas County Fire Marshal’s Office
  3. ONLY dry plant growth natural to the burn site can be burned.
  4. The burn site must be at least 300 feet from any residential, recreational, commercial or industrial area. Exceptions:
    1. Fires in approved containers that are not less than 25 feet from a structure.
    2. The minimum required distance from a structure shall be 25 feet where the pile size is 3 feet for less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height.
  5. There must be a fire break of 50 feet around the material to be burned.
  6. A competent person of at least 18 years of age must be in attendance of the site during the burn.
  7. An adequate supply of water to control the burn is required at the site.
  8. If complaints are received and the complaint is valid (to be determined by the Fire Marshal, Fire Department or Law Enforcement Officer), burning will have to cease.
  9. Hours of burning are from sunrise to sunset as set forth by the United States Naval Observatory tables available from the National Weather Service.
  10. Hauling of materials, brush or vegetation onto the site from another property will render this permit invalid.
  11. NO Burn Days are determined as follows:
    1. Wind is expected to be above 15 mph
    2. Ozone Action Day has been issued for the DFW area
    3. If Dallas County Commissioners Court in-acts a “Burn Ban” on all outdoor burning


  1. Petroleumm products
  2. Aspaltic materials
  3. Items containing natural or synthetic rubber
  4. Lumber Household garbage / refuse (including newspapers and boxes)

Authorization to conduct outdoor burning does not exempt or excuse a person from the responsibility, consequences, damages, or injuries resulting from the authorized burning and does not excuse a person from complying with other applicable laws, ordinances or regulations.

Prior to burning, please call the Dallas County Fire Marshal’s Office for more information

Dallas County Fire Marshal’s Office
509 Main Street, Suite 310
Dallas, Texas 75202
Office: 214-653-7970
Fax: 214-653-6372