- Some Fireworks Restrictions Lifted In Harris County
December 21, 2012
The area has received significant rainfall over the past two weeks, and the average KBDI for the county now stands at 485, so the restriction on the sale and use of skyrockets with sticks and missiles with fins has been lifted.
- Atascocita VFD Captain Neal Smith Funeral
September 21, 2012
Captain Neal Smith, a 5 year member of the department, lost his life as a result of injuries he sustained on the fire training field in Beaumont last weekend.
- Seabrook Fire Boat
August 14, 2012
On Saturday, August 4, 2012 the new Seabrook Fire Boat 1 (Fire Boat “Chief Randal J. Zimmer”) was commissioned into service at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook where it is currently docked.
- Cloths Dryer Fires
August 8, 2012
New Report on Clothes Dryer Fires The U.S. Fire Administration recently issued a special report examining clothes dryer fires in residential buildings based on 2008-2010 data.
- Arson Detection for First Responders
July 18, 2012
The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office will be conducting 3 workshops entitled “First Responders Role in Fire Investigation” the week of August 6-11. Each session will provide fire department attendees with training materials and instructional insights to conduct their own classes regarding arson detection and the role of first responders at fire scenes. Additional discussion will cover an introduction to the International Association of Arson Investigators’ (IAAI) website that provides no-cost, on-line courses eligible for SFFMA, TCFP and TCLEOSE credit. To reserve your seats, fire department chief officers should contact Senior Inspector Thomas Petty at 281-436-8034 or email email@example.com before August 1. There are still plenty of seats available for each offering - but allocated at a maximum of 2 seats per department for any and all sessions.
- Change Your Batteries
March 3, 2012
Sunday, March 11th is the start of Daylight Saving. Before you go to bed Saturday night, March 10th, set your clocks forward 1 hour. And don’t forget to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and test them monthly.
- This Month in Fire History
January 22, 2012
A tragic apartment fire claimed 2 lives on February 15th. It emphasized that all apartment or condominium residents need to know the best way to protect their families and what actions to take when fire strikes. Click here to read the Apartment Fire Safety Tips.
- Burn Ban Amended
February 23, 2012
On January 10th, Commissioners Court lifted all restrictions of the burn ban EXCEPT the restriction on burning domestic waste at night. If you have any questions about outdoor burning in Harris County, please contact Pollution Control Services at 713-920-2831.
- Community Wildfire Protection Plan
December 13, 2011
Harris County has become the largest area in Texas to implement a community wildfire protection plan, based on a collaborative effort by local government officials and the Texas Forest Service. During a brief ceremony today, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Texas Forest Service Director Tom Boggus, and others signed the plan, representing their commitment to reducing the risk and impact of wildfire. Once signed, Harris County joined 14 other counties and 57 communities in Texas that have implemented wildfire protection plans.
December 2, 2011
The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office is asking the public’s help with any information on the identity of the suspect shown in this photo. The unidentified suspect talked his way into an elderly female’s house on November 8, 2011 in the 12400 block of Swinbrook, in Northeast Harris County falsely identifying himself as a Fire Marshal.
- Burn Ban Amended
December 22, 2011
On Tuesday December 20, Commissioners Court amended the county burn ban to remove all limitations on legal outdoor burning except large ceremonial fires and the burning of certain domestic waste at night. Key items to note are:
- No burning domestic waste or tree limbs at night; daylight hours only.
- No building materials, large brush piles, or other debris is allowed anytime.
- Ceremonial fires need Fire Marshal approval; call 281-436-8030 during business hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Check the weather forecast — DO NOT burn on “fire weather watch” or “red flag warning” days.
- Responsible party must stay with the fire whenever it is burning (includes smoldering fires).
- Fire can’t cause a nuisance or a traffic hazard. If the fire department gets a call for an outdoor fire, that means the fire has created a nuisance to someone.
- Prohibited Fireworks
December 6, 2011
With the onset of winter weather, the Harris County Fire Marshal is urging residents to be concerned about continued fire risk even with the recent rains. For many people, the current cold spell means increased use of space heaters and appliances. Officials urge residents to read the winter safety tips posted on this site.