Burn Ban Info

BURN BAN INFORMATION
 
DUE TO THE FREQUENT CHANGING OF THE BURN BAN, THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION MAY OR MAY NOT BE UP TO DATE. BEFORE BURNING PLEASE
CHECK FOR UPDATES AND GUIDLINES AVAILABLE AT
http://www.co.guadalupe.tx.us/guadalupe2010/home.php?content=fire_marshal
OR CALL THE GUADALUPE CO. SHERRIFFS OFFICE AT (830) 379-1224.

*** AS OF JULY 31, 2012 THE BURN
BAN IS IN EFFECT ***


ORDER PROHIBITING OUTDOOR BURNING

    Whereas, the Comissioners Court finds that circumstances present in all or part of the unincorporated area of the county create a public safety hazard that would be exacerbated by outdoor burning; and according to the Texas Forest Service, 90% of all wildfires are human-caused;




    It is hereby ordered that outdoor burning is prohibited in the unicorporated areas of the county for 90 days beginning July 31, 2012, unless the restrictions are terminated earlier, based on a determination made by the County Judge. This Order is adopted pursuant to Local Government Code §352.081, and other applicable statutes. This Order does not prohibit prescribed fires conducted in compliance with guidelines set forth by federal or state natural resource agencies and burned under a burn plan approved by such agencies, or outdoor burning activities related to public health and safety that are authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for:
       
1. Firefighter training;

       2. Public utility, natural gas pipeline or mining operations; or

       3. Planting or harvesting of agricultural crops; or

       4. That are conducted by a prescribed burn manager certified under Section 153.048, Natural Resources Code.




    It is further ordered that an exemption be hereby granted for a bona fide commercial land clearing business, allowing said business to burn as long as all other provisions of the Order and applicable laws and ordinances are adhered to as set forth herein, and contact is made and the burning is approved by the Guadalupe County Fire Marshal, Kelly Kistner at the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Dept, by telephoning 830-379-1224 ext. 294, and recieving permission, prior to any outdoor burning to take place during the weekdays.




    It is further ordered that an exemption, in accordance with items A thru I below, be hereby granted to those businesses where welding is an essential function of the business. Operations that are permitted involve the performance of outdoor combustible operations, including but not limited to, outdoor welding, cutting or grinding operations and outdoor hot works operations, by any person (i) if the Guadalupe County Fire Marshal has issued a permit for the welding or hot works operationsin compliance with the Fire Code or (ii) if the operations are performed in compliance with the following requirements creating a controlled environment and safeguards on each day when operations are performed:

    A. Areas where welding, cutting or grinding operations or hot works operations are being performed 
        free of vegetaion for at least twenty-five feet in all directions;

    B. Surfaces around welding or hot works area are wetted down;

    C. Each location where welding, cutting or grinding operations or hot works operations are being performed
        must have cellular telephone communications for emergency response;

    D. Before beginning any operations, the person performing the welding, cutting or grinding operations or hot
        works operations must notify the Guadalupe County Fire Marshal.

    E. A dedicated fire watch person attends each welder,cutter, grinder,or worker performing hot works
        operations or any activity that causes a spark;

    F. At least one (1) water pressure fire extinguisher per fire watch person is located within 10 feet of the 
        locations where welding, cutting or grinding operations or hot works operations are being performed;

    G. No welding, cutting or grinding operations or hot works operations is allowed on days designated as
        red flag warning days by the National Weather Service;

    H. If all welding, cutting and grinding operations or hot works operations are performed only in a total
        welding or hot works enclosure, or "welding box" or "hot works box", that is sufficiently high to control
        sparks including a fire retardant cover over the top, the operations must comply with requirements E, F,
        and G in this list and is ecouraged to comply with requirements A-D inclusive, if feasible and 
        appropriate, and;

        I. If all welding, cutting and grinding operations or hot works operations are performed only in sub-
        surface, or "bell hole", welding and grinding operations or hot works operations within approved 
        excavations, the operations must comply with requirements E, F, and G in this list and is encouraged to
        comply with requirements A-D inclusive if feasible and appropriate.




    It is further ordered that household trash and domestic waste may be burned in an above ground enclosure, such as a burn barrel, if the burning operations are performed in compliance with the following requirements creating a controlled environment and safeguards on each day when the burning is performed:

    A. The enclosure must have a metal mesh screen on top that prevents any sparks or embers
        from exiting the enclosure;

    B. An individual 18 years of age,or older, must be present during all phases of the burning;

    C. A water source for extinguishing the fire must be within 10 feet of the location orf the enclosure being
        burned in;

    D. Surfaces around the enclosure area are wetted down;

    E. No burning is allowed on days designated as red flag warning days by the National Weather Service.




    It is further ordered that burning is allowed only from one hour after sunrise until one hour before sunset, when winds are predicted between 6 and 23 miles per hour and only after proper preparations have taken place and adequate equipment is on site to contain and control the burn.




    It is further ordered that no burning or outdoor combustible operations are permitted on days designated as a "Red Flag Warning Day" by the National Weather Service.




    It is further ordered that burning of tires, construction devris, any and all types of furniture, carpet, appliances, electrical insulation, treated lumber, items containing natural or synthetic rubber, any type of explosive or hazardous materials, chemical wastes, and any item not generated on the burn site are specifically prohibited at all times without exceptions.




    Now, therefore, it is in accordance with Local Government Code §352.081 (h), a violation of this Order is a Class C Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00.




    This Order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning shall expire on February 5, 2012, or upon such a date as the Guadalupe County Judge by Order determines that the circumstances present in the unincorporated areas of Guadalupe County no longer create a public safety hazard that would be exacerbated by outdoor burning, whichever occurs earlier.


SAND HILLS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

4250 Zion Hill Road
P.O. BOX 293
Seguin, Tx 78155
(830) 372-5240
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