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Open Burning


Texas State University must comply with TNRCC, San Marcos and Hays County Fire Department regulations for open burning. Follow these steps before burning anything outside:

  • Only natural ground cover may be burned. It is not acceptable to store items for burning at a later date. Open burning must only be used as a way to remove brush and other acceptable items if no alternate removal can be used.
  • Smoke and flying debris may not cross or contact public thoroughfares.
  • Responsible persons must be present during the entire burn, be equipped with adequate fire fighting agents, and be able to quickly communicate with emergency response personnel.

Please contact EHSRM for additional information on open burning and alternative methods of disposal and for obtaining permits.


May 2011
Revised November 2014