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Outdoor Burn Requirements

OUTDOOR BURNING IS PROHIBITED DURING A JOHNSON COUNTY INITIATED BURN BAN

Persons wishing to conduct an outdoor burn should be aware of State and Local Regulations that apply to outdoor burning. State Requirements are addressed in a document entitled “Outdoor Burning in Texas”, published by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, (formerly the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission). This information can be accessed online at www.tceq.state.tx.us and searching under available publications. Local requirements from the City of Keene are covered in the 2009 Edition of the International Fire Code, Section 307, along with the adopted amendments. A copy of the International Fire Code and amendments are available for review purposes at the City of Keene Administration Offices located at 100 N. Mockingbird LN. Keene, Texas 76059. These regulations apply to outdoor burns within Keene City Limits.

The Fire Code requires that all persons who wish to conduct open burning shall complete a permit application and obtain a burning permit. Application for such approval shall only be presented by and permits issued to the owner of the land of which the fire is to be kindled. Before a permit is issued, a fire department official will inspect the premises to verify information regarding the permit application. In instances where laws or regulations are enforceable by any other governmental entity having jurisdiction, joint approval shall be obtained. Permits shall be kept on the premises designated therein at all times and shall be posted in a conspicuous location on the premises, or shall be kept on the premises in a location designated by the Fire Marshal. Permits shall be subject to inspection at all times by an officer of the fire or police department or other persons authorized by the Fire Marshal. Permits may be revoked at any time when it is determined by the Fire Marshal (or designee) that any conditions or limitations set forth in a permit have been violated, which may result in fines or additional fees issued by the fire department or TCEQ

The authority to conduct outdoor burning under the regulations listed below does not exempt or excuse any person responsible from the consequences, damages, or injuries resulting from the burning and does not exempt or excuse anyone from complying with all other applicable laws or ordinances, regulations, and orders of governmental entities having jurisdiction, even though the burning is otherwise conducted in compliance with the regulations listed below.

Review the following burn regulations and then contact City Hall to request a burn permit; permits can be applied for at City Hall. A Fire Inspector will set up an appointment to conduct a site inspection. This inspection must be conducted with the owner or owner’s representative. A copy of the permit application and inspection must remain available on site at all times. Permits are issued “per occurrence”. Burn permits are valid for 1 day, unless otherwise approved by the Fire Marshal. When the permit expires, applicants may start the permit process again.

General Requirements for Burning within the City Limits of Keene:

After receiving your Permit and/or approval from the Fire Inspector, contact police/fire dispatch non-emergency at 817- 558-9868 each day, prior to the commencement of burning. Also notify the Fire Department the day of the planned burn at 817-556-2474. Give the Fire Department your address information and verify that the weather conditions are satisfactory to conduct the burn. The Fire Inspector will also check that an ozone action day or burn ban is not in effect. Conducting an outdoor burn during a Burn Ban is a citable offense.

If a complaint is received by Keene Fire-Rescue that your burn is aggravating the sensitive receptors, which includes humans and livestock, as well as “sensitive live vegetation” such as nursery plants, mushrooms under cultivation, and plants raised for pharmaceutical production or used in lab experiments, you will be asked by the Fire Marshal or his representative to immediately extinguish the fire. Failure to comply with the request to extinguish the fire may result in a citation being issued to the individual(s) conducting the burn. For a complete definition of “sensitive receptors” see 30 TAC 111.203(7).

Open Burn Checklist:

  • Permit required
  • Fee - $35.00 for Resident / $300.00 for Commercial
  • Inspection of burn site is required.
  • Winds more than 6 MPH but less than 15 MPH during the burn period.
  • The location for open burning shall not be less than 300 feet from any structure, or combustible fence and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 300 feet of any structure.
  • Burning shall commence no earlier than one hour after sunrise and shall be completed on the same day one hour before sunset.
  • Burning shall not be conducted during periods of actual or predicted persistent low-level atmospheric temperature inversions.
  • The burning of domestic waste is PROHIBITED where other waste disposal is provided. Included in domestic waste is the following: kitchen garbage, treated lumber, cardboard boxes, packaging, clothing, grass, and leaves. Such things as tires, construction debris, furniture, carpet, electrical wire, and appliances are not considered to be domestic waste but also cannot be burned.
  • Open burning shall be constantly attended by a person knowledgeable in the use of fire-extinguishing equipment and familiar with the permit limitations. An attendant shall supervise the burning material until the fire has been completely extinguished. A garden hose connected to a water supply or other approved fire- extinguishing equipment shall be readily available for use at open-burning sites.
  • Burning must be conducted downwind of, or at least 300 feet from any structure containing sensitive receptors located on adjacent properties unless prior written approval is obtained from whoever owns or rents the adjacent property and either resides or conducts business there.
  • The use of ignitable liquids to initiate the burn is PROHIBITED.
  • A phone shall be available to call 9-1-1 if the fire gets out of control.

Recreational Fire Checklist:

  • No permit required.
  • Inspection of burn site is required
  • 3 feet diameter by 2 feet high is the maximum allowable size.
  • Located at least 25 feet from structures, or 15 feet if in an approved container (outdoor fireplace, Chiminea, etc.)
  • Shall be conducted downwind of structures or property containing sensitive receptors and shall not be a nuisance.
  • Winds more than 6 MPH but less than 15 MPH during the burn period.
  • Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
  • A garden hose connected to a water supply or other approved fire-extinguishing equipment shall be readily available for use at burn site.
  • Burning is allowed after dark however, the fire must be completely extinguished before leaving unattended.
  • Use of ignitable liquids to initiate the burn are PROHIBITED.
  • A phone shall be available to call 9-1-1 if the fire gets out of control.

Trench Burn Checklist

  • Require a permit, See fee schedule.
  • Inspection of burn site and trench fan is required.
  • Burning shall commence no earlier than one hour after sunrise and shall be completed on the same day one hour before sunset.
  • Burn shall be conducted in air curtain trenches. Under no circumstances will the trench be reloaded with material and left unattended.
  • Trench Burns shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished.
  • A water truck and/or bulldozer shall be required on site and available for immediate utilization should extinguishment be required.
  • The Trench shall not be less than 300 feet from any structure.
  • Use of ignitable liquids to initiate the burn are PROHIBITED.
  • A phone shall be available to call 9-1-1 if the fire gets out of control.

Please contact us if you have any questions or need to schedule a permit inspection. Thank you for your compliance with these fire safety requirements.

Fire-Rescue Administration
817-556-2474

Jake Hopps, Fire Marshal
817-556-2474 - Office
817-822-0530 - Cell
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Casey Davis, Fire Inspector
817-556-2474 - Office
817-659-3603 - Cell
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Shift Lieutenant
817-556-2474 - Office

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