Burning Regulations

Burning Inside the City Limits

Burning inside the City limits of Snyder is regulated by City Ordinance.  Violations are subject to citation(s).  Click HERE to see what fires are permitted and what fires are prohibited. 

Burning Outside the City Limits

PLEASE CONTACT THE SNYDER FIRE DEPARTMENT BEFORE BURNING, as a courtesy to prevent an unnecessary response if someone else reports your fire.

Outside the City limits, there are no local ordinances unless a burn ban is in place. (Click here to see current Burn Ban Status)  However, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has numerous restrictions and should be contacted for up-to-date and accurate information. In general, it is against State law to burn tires, furniture, petroleum products, certain treated materials including some types of wood, and several other materials. Trailer houses are specifically prohibited. Tree limbs, grass, and natural vegetation debris are normally allowed if produced on the property they are being burned on. Hauling debris to a secondary location is not allowed. During a routine burn ban, household trash burning is allowed in an enclosed container such as a barrel, as long as there is a spark arresting screen over the container. The screen should be small enough to catch sparks emitted from the burning process. Hog wire or chicken wire is not considered a spark arresting screen. A window-type screen material is suggested. Burning household trash in a pit is not allowed during a burn ban.   The Texas Forest Service provides of map of counties under a burn ban.  While this is a good reference, it is not always up to date as county governments implement and lift the burn ban on a daily basis, and occasionally this map is not accurate for every county.

TCEQ Regulations also contain the following information:

(A) The initiation of burning shall commence no earlier than one hour after sunrise. Burning shall be completed on the same day not later than one hour before sunset, and shall be attended by a responsible party at all times during the active burn phase when the fire is progressing. In cases where residual fires and/or smoldering objects continue to emit smoke after this time, such areas shall be extinguished if the smoke from these areas has the potential to create a nuisance or traffic hazard condition. In no case shall the extent of the burn area be allowed to increase after this time.
(B) Burning shall not be commenced when surface wind speed is predicted to be less than six miles per hour (mph) (five knots) or greater than 23 mph (20 knots) during the burn period.
(C) Burning shall not be conducted during periods of actual or predicted persistent low level atmospheric temperature inversions.

Full Regulations from TCEQ

Additionally, the Texas Forest Service offers these Burning Regulations

Additional Helpful Information

While these suggestions are normally acceptable, this list is not to be considered all-inclusive. Both the TCEQ and/or the County should be contacted for up-to-date, full, and accurate information regarding outdoor burning. While the Snyder Fire Department can assist in answering questions, the State and local burn ban laws are not enacted or enforced by the department. The State laws (TCEQ) and local burn ban laws (Scurry County) are enforced by their respective agencies and are subject to respective fines and penalties. The TCEQ can be contacted by phone at (512) 239-1000. Scurry County can be contacted by phone at (325) 573-8576.