Prescribed Burning Liability and Insurance Considerations (ERM-035) Webpage uri icon

abstract

  • grassland management tool you 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, control weeds, improve forage quality, and even prevent wildfires. However, when not conducted in a careful manner, disaster can strike and damage can be severe and far-reaching. Anyone that contemplates using prescribed burning must consider their potential liability if the burn causes injury or property damage. Landowners should know all the requirements of prescribed burning statutes in their state—these statutes generally offer limited liability if requirements are met. Two of the key requirements for Texas’ limited liability statute involve insurance coverage and who conducts the burn.

author list (cited authors)

  • Russell, M. L., & Lashmet, T. D.

publication date

  • August 2017