Hays County Emergency Information

The following advisory is not intended to diminish or suppress the right of land owners to burn flood debris which has been collected on private property within Hays County. Landowners are asked to observe the following directives during this period of relief from the Memorial Day Weekend floods: Burning of flood debris collected on site should be performed after it has been thoroughly searched by search teams or the landowner. Thorough searches are not only for the purpose of ongoing emergency recovery operations, but also to prevent the potential destruction of heirloom items such as salvageable photographs, antique furniture, etc., that may have washed or blown onto someone else’s property. Only vegetative debris (wood, brush, untreated lumber) should be burned. Electrical insulation, treated lumber, plastics, non-wood construction/demolition materials, heavy oils, asphalt types of materials, potentially explosive materials, chemical wastes, and items containing natural or synthetic rubber should not be burned. Items that can be qualified as a public hazard will be collected by agents of Hays County as part of its County-wide debris management effort. All debris piles burned should be hand-stacked and moved away from the waterway. All burning should comply with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) guidelines. The initiation of burning should commence no earlier than one hour after sunrise. Burning should be completed on the same day, not later than one hour before sunset, and should be attended by a responsible adult at all times during the active burn phase, In cases where residual fires and/or smoldering objects continue to emit smoke after this time, such areas should be extinguished if the smoke from these areas has the potential to create a nuisance, hinders search operations, or causes a traffic hazard condition. The extent of the burn area should not be allowed to increase after this time. Hays County requests that landowners, prior to performing any burning, contact Hays County Sheriff’s Office Communications at (512) 393-7896 and report where and when burns will occur. This information is important so that the landowner can be contacted if there are any concerns or questions.
Posted by Jeri Skrocki Sunday, May 31, 2015 12:20:00 PM