County Outdoor Burn Information
The Comal County Fire Marshal's Office is responsible for conducting fire investigations of all fires in the County
where arson is suspected, the fire is undetermined by the fire department, and/or an injury or death has occurred.
The County Fire Marshal's Office is active in the area of Fire Prevention, designing programs in fire education that are geared towards
all ages of County citizens. The Comal County Fire Marshal's Office is also responsible for building permits and inspections of new and
remodeled structures relating to fire safety and law compliance.
Burn Ban is OFF as of Sept 29th
Before you outdoor burn, make sure that:
- Burn Ban is off
- You understand the TCEQ laws regulating outdoor burning
- You known the weather conditions including wind speeds
- Be prepared for the unexpected.
County Fire Marshal
Important Contact Information:
Bracken Volunteer Fire Department (210) 651-5762 email@example.com
Bulverde Volunteer Fire Department (830) 438-3871 or (830) 980-3883 firstname.lastname@example.org
Canyon Lake Fire/EMS (830) 907-2922 email@example.com
City of New Braunfels Fire Department (830) 221-4200
Spring Branch Fire Rescue (830) 885-7095 firstname.lastname@example.org
National Weather Service (830) 609-2029 www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx hit option 1, then option 7
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) (210) 490-3096
Media Release October 25, 2006
For several years the citizens of the unincorporated area of Comal County have
been asked to call the sheriff’s office dispatcher and
log their controlled burns by giving their name, address
of the burn and a telephone number. Recently the
dispatchers received 341 calls in an eight-hour period
of people wanting to log their burns. This volume of
calls takes valuable time from dispatchers who are still
required to handle regular telephone traffic, handle 911
calls and dispatch the appropriate personnel and
equipment, and continue with the dispatch duties for
several law enforcement agencies, fire and EMS.
Effective immediately the Communications Section of the Sheriff’s Office will
no longer be responsible for the logging of controlled
burns. Citizens will need to check the National Weather
(830) 609-2029, The Weather Channel, television
and radio stations and newspapers to determine the
predicted wind speed of the day they wish to burn. If
the wind speed, including gusts, is predicted to exceed
23 mph (20 Knots) burning on that day is prohibited
according to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requirements.
If citizens have
questions about the requirements on outdoor burning they
can call the TCEQ at (210) 490-3096, their local fire
department or the Comal County Fire Marshal’s Office.
The requirements for outdoor burning can be found on the
Internet by going to
Citizens need to be
familiar with the general requirements for allowable
outdoor burning from the Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality as penalties for violations can be
quite severe. An offense is punishable for an
individual by a fine of not less than $1,000 or more
than $50,000, confinement in the county jail for a
period not to exceed 180 days, or both. An offense is
punishable for a person other than an individual by a
fine of not less than $1,000 or more than $100,000.