When Kaufman County is under a Burn Ban, brush piles and burn barrels cannot be burned.
Please contact Kaufman County Dispatch @ 972-932-9799 prior to determining if a Burn Ban is in effect.
Brush, branches, limbs, leaves and unpainted or untreated lumber are the only items that can be burned on open ground when there is not a burn ban. All other items must be disposed of at an approved solid waste site.
- Please contact Kaufman County dispatch to burning brush piles.
- Provide your name, phone number and location of burning
- Brush burning is to be performed after sunrise and cease before sunset.
- Perform any necessary precautions to ensure a safe fire.
- All fires should be monitored throughout the entire burn and it is recommended that a
cell phone be available to call 911 in the event of a fire getting out of control.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality allows the burning of common household trash that is generated at a residence and burned at that residential property, ONLY IF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS ARE MET:
- The common household trash is burned in a barrel and in a safe area.
- The barrel has a screen on top that is capable of suppressing sparks and embers.
- A water hose or other sufficient water source is readily available to extinguish the fire.
- The fire is monitored by an adult the entire time of burning.
- The smoke emitted from the barrel must not create any negative effects to a residence or other sensitive receptor such as livestock barns, greenhouses, or businesses.
- The barrel is taken to an approved solid waste site when it becomes full of ash and is no
longer usable. It is illegal to bury a burn barrel on your own property.
Solid Waste Sites
For a complete set of rules, please refer to the rules set forth by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Chapter 111, Subchapter B, Outdoor Burning at:
www.tceq.state.tx.us/assets/public/legal/rules/rules/pdflib/111b.pdf or call your regional TCEQ Office at 817-588-5800.