Update on Texas Burn Bans
Smokey the Bear is 75 this year, and his message is as important now as it's ever been: Only You Can Prevent Wildfires. To help Texans stay safe, local authorities can declare burn bans.
A Texas county judge or commissioners court can put a burn ban in place when dry conditions exist, prohibiting or restricting outdoor burning for public safety. Once burn bans are put in place by local county government, the Texas Forest Service (TFS) collects this information and provides a daily statewide map showing counties under a ban. As of September 10, there were 171 Texas counties with burn bans in effect.
TFS continually reviews current and predicted weather conditions, wildfire occurrence, and the presence and availability of fuels from vegetation to assess wildfire risk. Using this information, TFS develops daily and seasonal forecasts to help state and local governments prepare for and respond to periods of greater fire danger.
Another resource, the Texas Fire Danger Map, is a real-time map that displays current and forecasted fire danger levels. Weather information is provided by remote, automated weather stations and then used by the Weather Information Management System.
If you have questions about burning, contact your local city or county government to get the latest updates on a burn ban.