UPDATED: Dec. 18, 2017 -- The Collin County Commissioners Court rescinded an outdoor burn ban for unincorporated areas of the county, as recent rains lowered the risk of wild fires in rural areas.
Dec. 13, 2017: County Judge
Keith Self issued an outdoor burn ban for unincorporated areas of Collin County effective
Dec. 13, 2017, due to extremely dry conditions in rural areas.
The 90-day ban will be formally confirmed at the next
Commissioners Court, and will remain in effect until March 13, 2018, unless the
Texas Forest Service or the Commissioners Court determines that it is no longer necessary.
The order does not prohibit outdoor burning activities related to public health and safety that are authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for: (1) firefighter training; (2) public utility, natural gas pipeline or mining operations; or (3) burns that are conducted by a prescribed burn manager certified under
Section 153.048, Natural Resources Code, and meet the standards of
Section 153.047, Natural Resources Code.
Authority for the ban falls under
Local Government Code 352.081 and other applicable statutes.
The full text of the outdoor burn ban
can be read here.