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Bastrop Fire Department - Outdoor Burning

Outdoor burning is governed by local ordinance and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality rules. The rules can be found in their entirety on their website.

TCEQ Rules on Outdoor Burning

The City of Bastrop has enacted Ordinance No. 2014-28 adopting International Fire Code 2009. IFC, 2009 Chapter 3 Section 307 PROHIBITING outdoor burning within the City limits unless authorized by the Fire Chief

Burning of domestic waste is not legal to burn when trash service is available inside the City of Bastrop.

Areas falling outside the provisions above shall comply with the following:

At no time may the following materials be burned: electrical insulation, treated lumber, plastics, non-wood construction debris, heavy oils, asphalt based materials such as tar paper, roofing, explosive materials, chemical wastes, natural or synthetic rubber or similar items.

Basically, the state law prohibits outdoor burning except for a few specific cases:

As long as there is no burn ban in effect, campfires, bonfires, and cooking fires are legal.
Brush from land clearing may be burned when there is no practical alternative.


Outdoor Burning Procedures:

Contact the fire department at 512-332-8670.  All control burns must be registered with the Fire Departmemnt in the City of Bastrop.

  • Only natural materials from that property may be burned.

  • Do not start burning until an hour after sunrise (check the newspaper for exact time).

  • Keep the burn small and manageable; feed it slowly.

  • Any approved large bonfire-style burns must be at least 50-feet from any structure.

  • Be sure you have a wide clearance of non-combustible ground on all sides.

  • Have equipment available that you can extinguish the fire quickly, if necessary.

  • Be sure you are downwind of all neighboring structures.

  • Be sure your fire is dead-out cold one hour before sunset, no burning is allowed during nighttime hours.

  • Follow all regulations set forth by the City of Bastrop and TCEQ outdoor burning rule.

  • If a complaint of the odor is received, the fire will be extinguished. 


Other Outdoor Burning Rules:

  • Portable outdoor firplaces or firepits designed to burn solid wood shall not be used within 15-feet of a structure.

  • Recreational fires on the ground (campfires) should not be conducted within 25-feet of a structure.

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