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Bastrop Fire Department - Outdoor Burning

The City of Bastrop has enacted Ordinance No. 2019-61 adopting the 2018 International Fire Code and amending Chapter 3 Section 307.1.1.

Chapter 3 Section 307.1.1 Prohibited Open Burning.

It shall be unlawful for any person within the city limits, in anyway, to intentionally, knowingly or carelessly burn or cause to be burned any combustibles, including but not limited to grass, weeds, timber, rubbish, leaves, or other natural or synthetic materials, garbage, trash, rubbish, litter, solid waste, hazardous waste or any such like substances on any street, alley, lot or premises. Such prohibited fires shall include bonfires and fires used for ceremonial purposes not in compliance herewith.


(A) Burning conducted for the purposes of outdoor cooking and warming in a device approved for such purpose and in compliance with this code. No burning of waste or garbage shall be permitted in such devices.

(B) Firefighter training conducted under the supervision of the Fire Code Official, or designee.

(C) On-site land clearing on lots of greater than two acres upon which the owner intends to clear the lot itself of selected trees, brush and other natural plant growth and when approved by the Fire Code Official, or designee, and the onsite land clearing is conducted in compliance with state, federal and local laws and regulations. A permit shall be required and approved safety measures shall be employed in accordance with 105.6.

(D) Prescribed burning for the purpose of reducing the impact of wildland fire when authorized by the Fire Code Official. A permit shall be required and approved safety measures shall be employed in accordance with 105.6 and 307.2.


Click here to check the status of the Burn Ban for Bastrop County.

The rules above apply within the City Limits all year long. The Burn Ban is only for the areas outside the City Limits of Bastrop or the unincorporated areas.

For an any questions or to obtain an open burning permit from the Fire Department by calling 512-332-8670 or email at

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