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Texas Panhandle Wildfires

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

Given the scope and nature of this disaster, TCEQ is NOT requiring notification to our regional office of carcass disposal, but if questions arise, please contact the Regional Office.

Red arrow to highlight content.See Governor Abbott’s proclamation declaring a state of disaster in Texas counties affected by the wildfires.

Red arrow to highlight content.View TCEQ’s guidance on wildfire response

Red arrow to highlight content. See information on wildfire smoke, other smoke-related events, and your health

Enforcement Discretion and Rules Suspensions:

Managing Waste

Follow the guidelines to dispose of wildfire wastes properly.

Debris and ash from residential structure fires can be disposed of in a TCEQ authorized Type I Landfill. Type I Landfills may accept wastes generated from debris removal including: household wastes, construction wastes, non-diseased animal carcasses, and household hazardous wastes/commercial chemical products intended for home use. There are also certain items prohibited from being accepted at any municipal solid waste landfills, such as used oil and used oil filters, lead acid storage batteries, and whole scrap tires. In addition, landfills are not allowed to accept wastes or materials that are still steaming, burning, or smoldering because of the associated fire risks.

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

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:

Find an Appropriate Landfill

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

Disposing of Carcasses

Monitoring Air Quality