Burn Restrictions

Open Burning

Open burning is defined as, "the burning of materials wherein products of combustion are emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through a stack or chimney from an enclosed chamber," and is not permitted within the City of McKinney in accordance with Ordinance 2013-07-063, without first obtaining a permit.

All opening burning must be a minimum of 500 feet from any structures and contained within a trench burner, air box or incinerator and is permitted only for silvicultural, range or wildlife management practices, prevention or control of disease or pests. In such cases, a Burn Permit will be issued subject to weather conditions and inspected by our office prior to the start of the authorized burn.

Bonfires are reviewed by our office on a case-by-case basis.

Recreational Fires

Recreational fires are defined as, "an outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish, where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, barbecue grill or barbecue pit and has a total fuel area of three feet or less in diameter and two feet or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes." Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 50 feet of a structure unless the fire is contained within an approved container and allowed only when the installation and use is reviewed and approved by our office.

Prohibited Open Burning

Open burning that is offensive or objectionable due to smoke or odor emissions when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited. Fire Department officials are authorized to order the extinguishing by the permit holder or the Fire Department of open burning which creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation.

The location for open burning shall not be less than 500 feet from any structure, with the exception of fire in approved containers.