History of Sheldon

Sheldon, Texas is an unincorporated community in northeastern Harris County, Texas. The Sheldon area is located along Beltway 8 and US Highway 90 approximately twelve miles northeast of Downtown Houston.

Sheldon, Texas opened in the 1850s and served as a retail marketing point for agricultural goods and lumber from an area on the San Jacinto River. Its name originated from Henry K. Sheldon, who was a stockholder in a railroad company. By 1896, Sheldon had 50 residents serviced by a general store and one grocer, along with the post office which opened in 1887. The community’s first school opened later in 1905. In the 1940s Sheldon had grown to 150 residents and ten businesses and would continue that growth in the 1950s. In 1955, the post office burned down and was not rebuilt.

In 1955, Beaumont Road Volunteer Fire Department was formed, and later merged with Sheldon Volunteer Fire Department in 1996 creating Sheldon Community Fire & Rescue.

From 1955 to 2003 the fire department was exclusively volunteer, with an annual budget under $10,000. To call out the firefighters, a Q2 air horn siren was blasted over the neighborhood. The Department’s response area was approximately 50 square miles with limited hospital and medical outlets nearby. Since then, Sheldon has had extensive growth with residents and industry. The area currently has an estimated population of 175,000 residents and a response area of 100 square miles. One home-based station has expanded into four stations, with construction of the newest building, Station 1, costing $14 million. The department now operates 24/7/365, has over 1,800 calls per year, employs 26 full-time firefighters and 46 part-time firefighters and is overseen by Harris County Emergency Services District  No. 60.

Career Day – Sheldon Lake Elementary

Sheldon Community Fire & Rescue, supported by Harris County Emergency Service District #60.

Teaching the children fire safety and firefighting career possibilities.

Ensure your child knows their home address–including zip code– and to call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.

Burn Ban Lifted

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 the Harris County Commissioners Court accepted HCFMO’s request to lift the burn ban in unincorporated Harris County. The ban went into effect on October 25, 2022.

Although the burn ban has been lifted, outdoor burning remains prohibited throughout Texas.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Outdoor Burning Rule allows for some exceptions designed to protect the environment and promote public health and safety.

Click here to learn more about the exceptions.


Harris County Commissioners Court Approves Burn Ban

News Release

Public Information Officer
(832) 509-7400

Harris County, Texas –Today, Harris County Commissioner’s Court approved an outdoor burn ban due to continuous drought conditions across unincorporated Harris County. There are now 144 Texas counties with burn bans, including Harris, Galveston, Waller, Chambers and Liberty counties.

“The burn ban is meant to ensure the safety of our residents and their properties,” said Fire Marshal Laurie L. Christensen. We want to encourage residents to adhere to wildfire risk education and preparedness at all times yet, especially in these very dry conditions.”

No outdoor burning is allowed except: in an enclosure that contains all flames and/or sparks; outdoor burning activities authorized by TCEQ; approved ceremonial fires; non-commercial cooking such as backyard cookouts and barbeques are allowed; and welding and other hot work performed in accordance with county fire code requirements.

Violation of the ban is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable for up to a $500 fine. In addition, any person who starts a fire that causes damage to property without the consent of the owner may be charged with Reckless Damage or Destruction, a Class C misdemeanor, or arson, a felony.


Wildfire can strike home if you have not taken some steps to protect your house and property. The actions and precautions listed below are designed to help you prepare your home and lessen the threat of wildland fire damage to you and your property.

  • DO NOT burn on red Flag or windy days and think twice before burning outdoors when KBDI approaches 700 or more.
  • LPG tanks should be far enough away from buildings for valves to be shut off in case of fire. Keep area around the tank clear of flammable vegetation.
  • Store gasoline in an approved safety can away from occupied buildings.
  • All combustibles such as firewood, wooden picnic tables, boats and stacked lumber should be kept away from structures.
  • Clear roof surfaces and gutters regularly to avoid build-up of flammable materials such as leaves and other debris.
  • Remove branches from trees to a height of 15 feet or more.
  • In rural areas, clear a fuel break of at least three times the fuel length around all structures.
  • Have fire tools handy such as: ladder long enough to reach your roof, shovel, rake and a bucket or two for water.
  • Place connected garden hoses at all sides of your home for emergency use.
  • Assure that you and your family know all emergency exits from your home.

The mission of the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office is to safeguard the lives and property of the residents in Harris County through effective fire prevention, fire investigation, education, emergency response, and emergency management.