Ban on Burning Limbs and Leaves Lifted – Officials Advise Caution

Garbage burning and commercial burning is still restricted by State Law and Air Quality Regulations.

Conroe, Tx November 5th, 2010

Recent rainfall and a return of calmer winds and higher humidity have decreased the danger of wildfires and Montgomery County’s Ban on Outdoor burning will be lifted effective 8 AM, Saturday morning, November 6th.

This action does not allow any burning that is normally prohibited by State Law or Texas Air Quality regulations. Garbage and rubbish may not be burned in Montgomery County Subdivisions at any time of the year, and commercial businesses may not burn any debris or waste as well.

Residents who choose to burn leaves and limbs only, may do so as long as their fire and smoke does not create a nuisance for neighbors or other nearby property owners.

Land clearing contractors wishing to burn must follow all outdoor burning rules promulgated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, including using a pit and air curtain incinerator, commonly referred to as a “trench burner”. For more information go to their website or contact the TCEQ.

In Montgomery County, burning residential garbage in a subdivision or on less than 5 acres is a Class C Misdemeanor offense, carrying a fine of up to $500. Punishments and fines for illegal commercial burning are much higher, and can result in criminal prosecution, civil actions, or both. For more information about the rules and laws concerning outdoor burning, please go to our website www.mctx.org/fire and click on “Outdoor Burning”. You should always check on current and projected weather conditions and the status of any bans before attempting to burn.

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