Georgetown Fire Department

Prescribed Burn Permits

A Prescribed Fire is a fire used for the purpose of reducing the impact of a wildland fire, crop management, general land clearing, domestic waster, or prevention & control of diseased pests/animals. The maximum dimension of a burn pile in a prescribe burn shall be 10’ in diameter and 10’ in height. Any burn pile over the maximum dimensions will be considered a bon fire. Prescribed fires/burns are allowed within the city limits of Georgetown and Georgetown’s fire district (E.S.D. 8) with the issuance of a permit.

Rules for a Prescribed Burn:

  1. Fires in commercially sold containers that shall be not less than 15 feet (4572 mm) from a structure when in use.

  2. The minimum required distance from a structure shall be 25 feet (7620 mm) where the pile size is 3 feet (914 mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 mm) or less in height for fire in non-commercially purchased containers.

  3. The minimum required distance for a prescribe burn, with a maximum burn pile dimensions of 10’ in diameter and 10’ in height, shall be no closer than 100’ from a structure.

  4. A fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose, dozer, or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.

  5. A containment line to bare earth shall be constructed prior to ignition for any piles to be burned outside a container.

  6. Burning shall be commenced and conducted only when wind direction and other meteorological conditions are such that smoke and other pollutants will not cause adverse effects to any public road, landing strip, navigable water, or off-site structure containing sensitive receptor(s).

  7. 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.

  8. No prescribe fire shall be ignited prior to sunrise and all prescribe fires shall be extinguished prior to sunset.

  9. All Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) rules will apply for prescribe burning.

Prescribed Burn Permits are only valid for 30 days.

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