Outdoor burn ban in effect for Collin County area, McKinney requiring hot work permits

McKinney Fire Department is endorsing Collin County's burn ban by requiring anyone doing hot work in McKinney to get a permit.

McKinney Fire Department is endorsing Collin County's burn ban by requiring anyone doing hot work in McKinney to get a permit.

Collin County has put a 90-day outdoor burn ban into effect for its unincorporated areas starting Aug. 26, said county Fire Marshall Jason Browning.

The McKinney Fire Department is enforcing this ban in the city of McKinney, McKinney's extraterritorial jurisdiction and its fire district property, MFD Public Information Officer Merit Ossian said.

The ban prohibits any open burning, including recreational fires used for warmth, cooking or any other purposes, according to a Sept. 18 MFD news statement. Wood-burning fire pits and campfires are also prohibited, but residential grills and smokers are allowed.

MFD will also be requiring hot work permits of anyone performing welding, cutting or other hot work within the city of McKinney, according to the statement.

The fire department has responded to 31 brushfires so far this year, said Ossian.

“The conditions are hot and dry," McKinney Fire Marshal Mike Smith said in the statement. "The free hot work permits will help reinforce the need for fire safety awareness during this time of increased risk."

Hot work permits can be obtained at the fire marshal's office, located at 2200 Taylor-Burk Drive.

For more information, visit www.mckinneyfire.org.
By Emily Davis
Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August 2018.


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