There is NO burn ban currently adopted for the unincorporated county.
|Outdoor Burning Information
The Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s Office works in coordination with the 21 Fire Departments, Sheriff’s Office, Constable’s Offices, Fort Bend County Environmental Health Enforcement Unit, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to educate county citizens about the outdoor burning regulations and to enforce the state laws governing outdoor burning.
The Fire Marshal’s Office does not authorize or issue permits for outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of the county. During drought conditions, the county Fire Marshal can recommend adopting a burn ban order in the county. With Commissioner Court approval, officers of the Fire Marshal’s Office can issue citations for any outdoor burning in the county found in violation of a burn ban.
On this page, you will find links to information to determine when a burn ban is recommended. The current burn ban status for the county is listed as well as links to view and download a free booklet titled “A Citizen’s Guide to Outdoor Burning.” It is available in both English and Spanish. It consolidates the current outdoor burning regulations for the state and Fort Bend County. Please share the guide with your friends, neighbors, homeowner’s association, neighborhood newsletter, etc., to help educate others about outdoor burning.
Even though the Fire Marshal’s Office is not the lead agency regarding enforcing outdoor burning regulations, we are part of the county’s coordinated response with the agencies listed above. Reducing air pollution due to outdoor burning is important for all of us. If we respond at the request of one of the agencies listed above to an outdoor burning incident and determine that the burning is in violation, we will refer the case to the Fort Bend County Environmental Health for possible criminal charges.
If you have any questions regarding outdoor burning, please contact the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and/or Fort Bend County Environmental Health Enforcement. We are here to help you and guide you through the regulations so that you can make the best decision regarding your outdoor burning situation.
Reminder: Incorporated areas of the county (cities) have ordinances that prohibit all outdoor burning within the city limits.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Where can I find out about burning in unincorporated area of Fort Bend County?
Q. For information outside of a burn ban for the unincorporated area of Fort Bend County?