210 S. McDonald Street
McKinney, Texas 75069
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Leigh Hornsby, Public Information Officer
June 13, 2006
Collin County issues an outdoor burning ban; restricts fireworks use
(McKinney, TX) -- Collin County has issued a ban on all outdoor burning in unincorporated areas. Judge Ron Harris signed an order today that will remain in effect for 90 days or until conditions improve. Judge Harris also signed an order to prohibit the sell, detonation, ignition or any use of fireworks classified under 49 C.F.R. part 173.100 r (2) (10-01-1085 edition) as “skyrockets with sticks” and “missiles with fins” in any portion of unincorporated areas of Collin County.
A person commits a Class “C” Misdemeanor if they violate either order.
A lack of rain and anticipated drought conditions prompted this order.
The burn ban does not prohibit outdoor burning for firefighter training, mining or utility operations, crop rotation or prescribed burn under the control of a person certified and licensed by the state to perform such a burn.
When a burn ban is not in effect, a burn permit is required to do any outdoor burning in Collin County. The basic law is that no one can burn normal household garbage and can only burn vegetation natural to the property with a permit. Applications for burn permits can be obtained from the Collin County Fire Marshal's Outdoor Burning webpage at http://www.collincountytx.gov/fire_marshal/burn.jsp. Residents may check the status of outdoor burning by calling the fire marshal’s information line at 972-548-4799.