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Wildfires

Here are steps you can take to protect your health and the environment in the burn area of a wildfire.

If you are affected by a wildfire, call the TCEQ regional office that serves your county.

Managing Waste

Follow these guidelines to dispose of wildfire wastes properly:

If you have questions, contact the TCEQ regional office that serves your county. Also, be sure to check with local authorities for their guidance.

Think Recycling First!

Although most materials are not recyclable if damaged by fire, much of the metal, brick, and other debris might be recyclable.

Before you haul anything to a recycling center, call to find out:

  • What materials they will accept
  • Whether they will accept materials damaged by fire
  • Whether they charge a fee for recycling (This depends on the material and its condition. If the material is valuable enough, they might pay you for it.)

Contact local authorities for more information or search the Web for "recycling," your town's name, and "Texas."

Find an Appropriate Landfill

Many wastes can and should be taken to the landfill. Use the guidance below and these lists of landfills to find an appropriate landfill near you:

Disposing of Typical Wastes from Wildfires

Wildfires typically produce a great deal of debris and, sadly, carcasses.

Follow these guidelines for disposing of these wastes properly.

Cleaning up Debris

Remember, some of the debris produced by a wildfire could be recyclable. Follow these guidelines to separate debris according to type and dispose of it properly:

Back to lists of landfills See lists of landfills above.

Disposing of Carcasses

Back to lists of landfills See lists of landfills above.

Monitoring Air Quality

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