Texas Burn Bans by County and Statewide Drought Monitor

This article provides two frequently updated maps: the statewide burn ban by county in Texas and the statewide drought monitor. Find specific weather conditions wherever you are in the KSAT Weather Authority Mobile App Or on KSAT Weather Page.

Texas burning ban

Burn bans are enacted at the county level based on local drought, wind and other conditions, and the threat of wildfire. When enacted, they prohibit or restrict outdoor burning for public safety, including campfires, prescribed burns, etc.

Texas’ 254 county governments are actively deciding when they will allow outdoor fires.

The map below is maintained by the Texas A&M Forest Service and is updated daily as a public service. Always check your local county judge or county website for the most up-to-date information. Please email burnban@tfs.tamu.edu if you find an anomaly.

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Texas Drought Monitor

the US Drought Watch is updated weekly.

Below are the impacts commonly associated with each stage of drought conditions, according to the US Drought Watch:


  • Farmers begin supplementary feeding for livestock

  • Planting is postponed; forage germination is stunted; hay cutting is reduced

  • Grass fires increase

  • Drop in surface water level


  • Dryland crops are stunted

  • The first livestock sales begin

  • The frequency of forest fires is increasing

  • Storage reservoirs, streams and streams are low; voluntary water restrictions are requested


  • Pasture conditions are very poor

  • The soil is hard, hampering planting; crop yields decline

  • The danger of forest fire is serious; burning bans are enforced

  • Wildlife move into populated areas

  • Hydroelectric power is compromised; the use of well water is increasing; mandatory water restrictions are in place


  • The floor has large cracks; soil moisture is very low; dust and sand storms occur

  • Row and forage crops do not germinate; a decrease in yields for irrigated crops and a very strong reduction in yields for crops in arid areas are reported

  • The need for complementary feeds, nutrients, proteins and water for livestock is increasing; herds are sold An increased risk of large forest fires is noted

  • Many sectors are under financial strainSevere losses of fish, plants and wildlife reported

  • Water sanitation is a concern; reservoir levels drop significantly; surface water is almost dry; the flow of the river is very low; salinity increases in bays and estuaries


  • Exceptional and widespread crop losses are reported; the course is dead; producers do not plant fields

  • The slaughter continues; producers are weaning calves early and liquidating herds due to imported hay and water expenses

  • Seafood, forestry, tourism and agriculture sectors record significant financial losses

  • Extreme sensitivity to the danger of fire; fireworks restrictions are implemented

  • Widespread tree mortality is reported; the health and population of most wildlife species suffer

  • Devastating algal blooms occur; the water quality is very poor

  • Exceptional water shortages are observed in surface water sources; the water table is falling

  • The boat ramps are closed; obstacles are exposed in bodies of water; water levels are at or near historic lows

All counties in Texas are shown on the maps above including Anderson, Andrews, Angelina, Aransas, Archer, Armstrong, Atascosa, Austin, Bailey, Bandera, Bastrop, Baylor, Bee, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Borden, Bosque, Bowie, Brazoria, Brazos, Brewster, Briscoe, Brooks, Brown, Burleson, Burnett, Caldwell, Calhoun, Callahan, Cameron, Camp, Carson, Cass, Castro, Chambers, Cherokee, Childress, Clay, Cochran, Coke, Coleman, Collin, Collingsworth, Colorado, Comal, Comanche, Concho, Cooke, Coryell, Cottle, Crane, Crockett, Crosby, Culberson, Dallam, Dallas, Dawson, Deaf Smith, Delta, Denton, DeWitt, Dickens, Dimmit, Donley, Duval, Eastland , Ector, Edwards, Ellis, El Paso, Erath, Falls, Fannin, Fayette, Fisher, Floyd, Foard, Fort Bend, Franklin, Freestone, Frio, Gaines, Galveston, Garza, Gillespie, Glasscock, Goliad, Gonzales, Gray, Grayson , Gregg, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hale, Hall, Hamilton, Hansford, Hardeman, Hardin, Harris, Harrison, Hartley, Haskell, Hays, Hemphill, Henderson, Hida lgo, Hill, Hockley, H ood, Hopkins, Houston, Howard, Hudspeth, Hunt, Hutchinson, Irion, Jack, Jackson, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Johnson, Jones, Karnes, Kaufman, Kendall, Kenedy, Kent, Kerr, Kimble, King, Kinney, Kleberg, Knox, Lamar, Lamb, Lampasas, La Salle, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Limestone, Lipscomb, Live Oak, Llano, Loving, Lubbock, Lynn, McCulloch, McLennan, McMullen, Madison, Marion, Martin, Mason, Matagorda, Maverick, Medina, Menard, Midland, Milam, Mills, Mitchell, Montague, Montgomery, Moore, Morris, Motley, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Newton, Nolan, Nueces, Ochiltree, Oldham, Orange, Palo Pinto, Panola, Parker, Parmer, Pecos, Polk, Potter, Presidio, Rains, Randall, Reagan, Real, Red River, Reeves, Refugio, Roberts, Robertson, Rockwall, Runnels, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine , San Jacinto, San Patricio, San Saba, Schleicher, Scurry, Shackelford, Shelby, Sherman, Smith, Somervell, Starr, Stephens, Sterling, Stonewall, Sutton, Swisher, Tarrant, Taylor, Ter rell, Terry, Throckmort on, Titus, Tom Green, Travis, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Upton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Van Zandt, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Ward, Washington, Webb, Wharton, Wheeler, Wichita, Wilbarger, Willacy, Williamson, Wilson, Winkler, Wise, Wood, Yoakum, Young, Zapata, Zavala counties.

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