Know the Rules
Whether you are thinking about a campfire or burning some rubbish, make sure you know what is allowed in your area. There are two categories to consider: open burning and recreational fires.
Open burning is not allowed within the City of McKinney without a permit. Ordinance 2018-01-003 defines Open Burning 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."
All open burning must be a minimum of 500 feet from any structures and contained within a trench burner, airbox 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 are "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 are 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.