The City of League City Fire Marshal’s Office regularly monitors the weather conditions directly impacting our citizens. Currently, within Galveston County, we are experiencing drought conditions, resulting in an increased risk for outdoor fires that can quickly spread because of the extremely dry vegetation. We would like to remind our citizens that outdoor burning is prohibited. Some of the exceptions to this include:
- Non-commercial preparation of food
- Supplying warmth during cold weather
Other exemptions of this ordinance require that a permit be issued from the Fire Marshal’s Office. One way we determine if a burn permit will be issued is the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), which is provided by Texas A&M University. When the local rating reaches 600, which indicates significant drought conditions, all burn permits are suspended, and no new burn permits will be issued until our area is no longer experiencing significant drought conditions.
If you would like more information, the City ordinance can be viewed here: City ordinance Sec. 46-5. - Burning of grass, trash, garbage, junk, rubble or rubbish