BURN BAN INFORMATION
To determing if there is a Fire Weather Threat, please visit the National Weather Service website http://www.weather.gov/fwd/firebrief3 or call the Jack County Sheriff's Office at 940-567-2161. To report a burn ban violation, simply dial 9-1-1.
Anytime you engage in outdoor burning, we ask that you call the Sheriff's Office at 940-567-2161 and log your burn. This will help 9-1-1 dispatchers determine whether to send the fire department if a fire is reported at your address.
Citizens should understand that it may be illegal, and unsafe, to engage in outdoor burning even when a Fire Weather Threat has not been issued. All outdoor burning must comply with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) rules, and incorporated cities may have ordinances that you must comply with. To view TCEQ rules go to https://www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/legal/rules/rules/pdflib/111b.pdf
Citizens should understand the following liabilities when engaging in outdoor burning:
* Violation of a Burn Ban Order can result in a fine up to $500.
* Violation of TCEQ rules may result in one (1) year in jail and a fine up to $4,000.
* A fire that damages property belonging to another (e.g. a grass fire that crosses a property line) can result in a fine up to $500, and court ordered restitution.
* Outdoor burning that results in death, injury, or damages a building belonging to another may result in two (2) years in state jail, a fine up to $10,000 and court ordered restitution
* A court may find that you have additional criminal and civil liability.