Keeping La Reata Ranch Safe
Friends and Neighbors, several neighbors have noticed folks burning in La Reata Ranch that are not following the Texas Rules for Outdoor Burning.
Please be aware that the State of Texas has very strict rules on what you can burn, when you can burn, and how you burn. Bastrop County Emergency Services District No. 1 has posted the rules for outdoor burning on their website under the links section. You can find a copy of the rules and a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document at this address:
Texas law makes it illegal to burn outdoors with very few exceptions. It is your responsibility to know the law and burn within rules defined in the law. Failure to follow the law may result in tickets, hefty environmental fines, and charges from responding fire departments to extinguish your fire.
In short, burning is allowed only from one hour after sunrise to one hour before sunset (the official times). You are only allowed to burn natural vegetation that grew on your property. You are not allowed to burn trash, waste, building materials, plastics, wire, oil, tires, etc. Anything found in a fire that didn’t grow on your property will likely result in a fine by local and state law enforcement agencies. Fines start at $500 and can easily be in the tens of thousands of dollars.
The exact language in the law states:
on-site burning of trees, brush, grass, leaves, branch trimmings, or other plant growth by the owner of the property or any other person authorized by the owner, and when the material is generated only from that property
Thank you for your attention to this matter and for making La Reata Ranch a safe place to live.
David Gahagan Assistant Fire Chief, 3-N-1 Vol. Fire Dept. Commissioner, Bastrop County ESD No. 1 La Reata Resident