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Posted on: May 25, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Port Arthur Fire Department Fire Watch Report-Chief Benson

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Chief Benson would like citizens to know what is safe and legal when building a recreational fire in the City of Port Arthur Also remember that if any citizen has a question regarding burning, please contact the Office of the Fire Marshal.

Fire Watch: Chief Benson Reports


Springtime motivates people to clean up their yards of dead tree limbs, leaves, and other old landscape items. While cleanup is important in maintaining your home and its curb appeal, burning the landscape items is not the proper or safe way. Port Arthur fire code allows for bonfires, open burning, and recreational fires; however, both bonfires and open burning require permits issued by the Fire Marshal's Office to be considered legal. 

Recreational fires are legal but must not have fuel greater than 3 feet in diameter, 2 feet high, and must be at least 25 feet from a structure or combustible materials. Unfortunately, recreational fires that are too large or too close to structures can turn into residential fires, dampening the fun you were having. Providing information to the community about what is legal and safe is an ongoing process to which the Port Arthur Fire Department is committed. 

The Fire Marshal's Office has created a chart to assist residents in determining if their burn plans are safe and compliant. Follow the charted path or contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 409-983-8737 or (409) 983-8740, or by email at with any questions.  

Open Burning Flow Chart 2022FireWatch

Please print a copy as needed!

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