SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County’s Commissioners’ Court approved a ban on outdoor burning in unincorporated Bexar County on Tuesday.
The burn ban goes into effect immediately.
“Since January 2017, there have been over 650 grass fires in the Bexar County area. I urge all residents to be diligent and remove any fuel sources of wildfires such as dry brush piles”, stated Bexar County Fire Marshal Chris Lopez.
Under the ban, residents are restricted to burning household waste in burn barrels with metal wire mesh screens that prevent the spread of sparks and flames. This is the only scenario where domestic burning will be allowed.
The order prohibits all other outdoor burning unless authorized by the County Fire Marshal or burning for firefighting training; public utility, natural gas pipeline, and mining operations; or harvesting of agricultural crops.
Due to the unprecedented expanses of development in areas that were once rural, as well as increased wildfire and grass fire occurrences, County Fire Marshal Lopez urges the community to use caution and be prepared for wildfires and grass fires.
A violation of the burn ban is punishable by a fine under $500. The ban will be in effect for 90 days or until Bexar County Commissioners’ Court determines that a public safety hazard no longer exists.
For more information on wildfire risk and outdoor burning guidelines, you can visit https://www.bexar.org/630/Fire-Marshal