Athens Review, Athens, Texas

January 3, 2014

Fire marshal issues warning

Burning certain items illegal

From Staff Reports
The Athens Review

CHANDLER — Henderson County Fire Marshal Shane Renberg is getting out the word about illegal burning taking place in the county.

According to state law, though the county is not under a burn ban, there are items that are always illegal to burn outdoors without special permission.

“We are having problems lately with items being burned that are illegal to burn,” Renberg stated.  “Burning illegal items is a violation of the Clean Air Act under the Texas Water Code. Please be sure any items you plan on burning are legal to burn, and you are burning in a safe manner.”

If you are unsure about which items are included, visit the county website at, and click on the Fire Marshal page for information on outdoor burning rules, or contact the Fire Marshal’s office at any time.

The state code states that outdoor disposal or deposition of any material capable of igniting spontaneously will not be allowed without written permisson of the TCEQ executive director or authorized staff representatives.

Items prohibited in the burning statute include: electrical insulation, treated lumber, plastics, construction or demoliton materials not made of wood, heavy oils, asphaltic materials, potentially-explosive materials, chemical wastes and items that contain natural or synthetic rubber.