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Wildfires & Burn Bans

Wildfires & Burn Bans

Wildland fires are an integral component of the ecosystem of Harris County. For millennia, low intensity fires have maintained the health of our native forests and grasslands. However, changes in land use and fire suppression have created a wildland-urban interface (WUI) that significantly increased the risk of wildfires by altering the composition and structure of native vegetation in fire-prone ecosystems.

Worried About Wildfire?

If you live in one of many local subdivisions away from rural areas or larger, multi-acre home sites and your subdivision has fire hydrants and maintained lawns and trees, you are at lower risk. But, even in these areas an accumulation of dead grass, leaves or branches can increase your risk. Factors increase greatly if you live on property or in a subdivision with limited fire protection and native grasslands, brush, or trees such as cedar, yaupon, or pine trees.

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Below are links to important information about ways we can work together to reduce the risk of devastating wildfires in our community.

Harris County Wildfire Protection Plan

The Harris County Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is the culmination of many months of work by many organizations and individuals. It represents the expertise of fire officials from local fire departments, Harris County, and the State. As part of a continuous, “evergreen” process, the Plan is designed to identify objectives for reducing the risks from wildland fire for the residents of Harris County. For more information please view:

The HCFMO executive summary
The Harris County CWPP Plan

Goals of the Harris County CWPP:

  • Increase public awareness and understanding about the risk and consequences of wildfires.
  • Help property owners in their efforts to improve their own wildfire protection.
  • Improve the fire resilience of landscapes and ecosystems.
  • Strengthen the county’s wildfire suppression capabilities.

On Outdoor Burning

The outdoor burning rule prohibits outdoor burning anywhere in Texas, but allows exceptions for specific situations in which burning is necessary and does not pose a threat to the environment. The HCFMO does not issue permits for outdoor burning. For a guide to outdoor burning including information about how to answer “Can I Burn?” please download the following document in English or Spanish.

Outdoor Burning
La Quema de Articulos al Aire Libre

Additional Information & Contact

There is currently no burn ban in effect in Harris County

Outdoor burning can be an air nuisance or neighborhood nuisance. For complaints/reports of outdoor burning, contact the Harris County Pollution Control Services Department.

Phone: (713) 920-2831
Fax: (713) 274-6475
Email: pollution.control@pcs.hctx.net

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