There is currently no Burn Ban in effect.
You should always take precautions when burning trash or engaging in any type of outdoor burning activity. Outdoor burning is permissible as long as there is not a burn ban in effect, but negligent outdoor burning is a crime.
A burn ban doesn’t have to be in effect for outdoor burning to be illegal. Negligently allowing your fire to escape onto someone else’s property is a Class C misdemeanor offense (the same as violation of a burn ban) that is punishable by a fine up to $500. Deliberately setting fire to someone else’s property is arson, which is a felony offense punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and a prison term of from 2 years to 99 years in prison.
Under a burn ban, outdoor burning is restricted in the unincorporated areas of Hidalgo County, including incorporated cities that do not have their own fire suppression resources. The outdoor burn ban, however, does not prohibit 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; 3) planting or harvesting of agricultural crops; or 4) burns that are conducted by a prescribed burn manager under Section 153.047, Natural Resources Code
Residential brush burning will be permitted, but only with a burn permit issued the County Fire Marshal’s Office.
The restriction does not ban outdoor cooking that takes place within a cooking apparatus — grill, pit, etc. Outdoor burning of any kind is prohibited on any day when “fire watch”or“red-flag warning weather advisory is issued by the National Weather Service. This burn ban can be revoked at any time should conditions improve.
A violation of this order is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.