Prescribed Burning: Liability Considerations

Date of Publication
October 22, 2021
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Throughout Texas, prescribed burning is a popular grassland management tool landowners can use to manage invasive brush and rejuvenate native, perennial grasses. These burns, when conducted carefully, can be used to maintain and restore native grasslands, manage weeds, enhance forage quality, and mitigate wildfires. However, when not carefully conducted, escapes and spot fires may occur, and damage can be severe and far-reaching. Anyone that contemplates using prescribed burning must consider and fully understand his or her potential liability if the burn causes injury or property damage. (4 pages)

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