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Burn Ban

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOSHEM) has moved to Level 3 – Increased Readiness in response to the increased risk of fires cause by drought conditions.
Increased Readiness means that hazardous conditions exist but pose no direct or imminent threat to life/property. Increased Readiness may require additional agencies to support a response from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), based on the nature of the incident.

The Harris County Commissioners’ Court enacted restrictions on outdoor burning at this morning’s session. The burn restrictions require the use of covered burn containers for the incineration of household trash, vegetation, and campfires. Permitted burning activities such as training fires, prescribed burns, and ceremonial fires are unaffected by today’s action.

Harris County Fire Marshal Mike Montgomery strongly urges partners to report unattended fires to 9-1-1 immediately

Violation of the burn ban is class C misdemeanor.

The Keetch Byram Drought Index (KBDI) has increased over the past month, peaking today at an average of 677, with some areas as high as 722. The KBDI measures rainfall deficits on a scale of 1-800 with 800 being the worst case, representing a need for approximately eight inches of rain to fully saturate the ground. Any reading above 600 represents higher fire danger, while readings of 700 or more represent very high extreme fire danger.

No additional staffing is required at this time. This will change in the event a Red Flag Warning is issued by the National Weather Service.

For more information online about outdoor burning restrictions, please visit the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office website, www.hcfmo.net.

Wildfire safety tips are available from Texas Forest Service.

Updates will be issued as needed until the fire threat subsides.

Ponderosa Fire Department Round Up August 2015

Run From the Water – Hide From the Wind

That is the theme you should remember while preparing for hurricanes and other weather related situations.  Following is information via Harris County’s Office of Emergency Management and Texas.

  • Dial 2-1-1 to register if you are infirm or need special assistance
  • During hurricane season, always keep your vehicle’s fuel tank at least half full
  • Storm surge will not affect our area; we will most likely NOT be asked to evacuate
  • A tropical storm may create localized flooding
  • Remember that the higher wind speeds allow for less rain, and vice versa
  • Do NOT store excessive amounts of fuel
  • If you leave, turn off your main power circuit breaker and close your natural gas valve before the meter

Make sure you bookmark the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management’s webpage www.hcoem.org.  Learn how to use the rainfall and tributary water gauging pages.

Other information

  • Record our direct emergency contact number, 281-444-(FIRE)3473 on the inside of a cabinet door.  Use this number ONLY if 9-1-1 fails.
  • When winds reach over 45 mph, emergency services will not respond
  • Never operate a generator in a garage or other enclosed area (not even a patio)
  • Verify your smoke detectors are working
  • Clean your gutters
  • Shelter any lawn furniture or other items that the wind can launch
  • Video tape/record your entire home and contents; store in a safe place
  • Identify a safe place in your home (under the stairwell?), away from windows and doors
  • All water districts within our fire district have backup generators so water supplies and sewage treatment should not be a problem


Emergency Service Providers Address Growth In Spring & Klein Region
By Community Impact Newspaper – Volume 2 Issue 4

Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network Self-Registration Portal (SRP) for the Emergency Notification System For Cell/Internet Phones

This emergency notification system (ENS) is provided by Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network (GHC 9-1-1) for all residents within its territory—all cities and counties wholly or partially within Harris and Fort Bend Counties and the unincorporated areas of both counties.
PDF Click here for more information

Ponderosa Fire Department Station 62 was recently honored with the bronze award in the annual Fire Chief Magazine’s Station Style Design Award for volunteer/combination agencies in competition throughout the United States and Canada.  Emergency Services District #28 utilized BRW Architects and LDF Construction (Spring, Texas) to build this highly functional and beautiful fire station.  Our community and our members are very proud of this fire station.  You should stop by and visit and revere the I-Beam from the 2001 World Trade Center disaster - 4362 Louetta at Sorrel Ridge.



Smart Choices for Smoke Detectors



Jax is barking orders at the recent recruit academy class 

 Child Car Seat Inspections


Ponderosa Fire Department
Harris County Emergency Service District #28
Headquarters – Station 61
17061 Rolling Creek Dr
Houston, TX 77090
Station 62
4362 Louetta Road
Spring, Tx 77388
Station 63 & Training Facility
21455 Imperial Valley
Houston, Tx 77073
Northview Subdivision

ATTENTION: Visitors to Ponderosa Fire Department are asked NOT to park in the business lot just to the north of the station.  Parking is allowed on the street, except in areas where signs prohibit it.

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