Denton County's burn ban was lifted Oct. 25 after a countywide ban was issued three months earlier.

How we got here

A mandatory burn ban was issued July 25 due to dry, hot weather with little chance of rain and a “high” risk of grass fires.

The ban prohibited all outdoor burning, while limiting outdoor cooking and open and enclosed "hotwork"—such as welding—anywhere in Denton County, per the the county office. The only outdoor cooking devices allowed during the burn ban are propane or natural gas cookers with enclosures, according to the executive order.

Also of note

Residents in unincorporated Denton County and some incorporated areas are allowed to dispose of vegetation by open burning Oct. 26, which has been determined to be a “good burn day.”

Residents can only burn on a day that has been determined to be a good burn day, according to county officials. The burn day status is determined every day between 8-9 a.m.

Only certain cities allow outdoor burning. Residents are encouraged to check with local authorities for more information on burning in a city or town.

Residents in unincorporated areas must purchase a controlled burn permit prior to open outdoor burning. Those conducting a controlled burn must log their burns and extinguish them by dusk.

The Denton County Emergency Services Office can be reached at 940-349-2840 for more information on how to obtain a permit.