clear
Tuesday May 31st, 2016 7:49PM

Ga.'s outdoor burn ban ending Tuesday

By Ken Stanford Reporter
UNDATED - The annual outdoor burn ban in 54 counties in Georgia will be lifted Tuesday.

Summer burning restrictions are imposed each year in parts of north and central Georgia because of air quality concerns and state and federal regulations.

The 54 counties whose burning restrictions will be lifted on October 1 are Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Columbia, Coweta, Crawford, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Lumpkin, Madison, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Putnam, Richmond, Rockdale, Spalding, Troup, Twiggs, Upson, Walker and Walton.

Rules governing outdoor burning differ from county-to-county but in Hall County, lifting of the ban means you still must have a permit from the fire department.
It involves a phone call to the fire marshal's office, where an automated system gives you the rules involving burning and issues you a permit number for that day only, according to Hall County Fire and Life Safety Educator Lt. Beverly Walker.

"Your burn pile has to be out by sunset, and certainly just burning those small things. It has to be 50 feet from any structure and property lines, and it has to be a competent adult," Walker said.

"It can only be that natural growth. You can't burn tires, newspapers, trash, anything like that," Walker added.

As far as tree limbs go, Walker said the limb diameter must be three inches or less. You also must have a water source handy to extinguish the fire. Walker said preferably a garden hose.

Just because the ban has lifted, doesn't mean burning will be allowed everyday. Walker said dry weather conditions, as well as low humidity can result in a temporary ban for any given day.

For more information about safe burning and burn permits, click on the link below.





© Copyright 2016 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia
After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.
7:04PM ( 2 years ago )
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 2 years ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
Pedestrian fatality temporarily shuts down stretch of I-85 in Jackson Co.
‚ÄčA pedestrian was pronounced dead in Jackson County Tuesday afternoon, possibly hit by a vehicle on Interstate 85 at the Dry Pond Road exit, emergency officials said.
By AccessWDUN Staff
7:02PM ( 47 minutes ago )
Forsyth County shooting suspect's vehicle found abandoned in Buford
The vehicle belonging to a suspected wanted for a double shooting in Forsyth County has been found in Buford, near the Mall of Georgia.
11:58AM ( 7 hours ago )
Marshals capture suspect in 2010 Hall County Murder case
A suspect who had been on the lam for over six years was behind bars in Hall County Tuesday, charged with murder and other offenses in the March 2010 beating death of a 67-year-old man.
11:50AM ( 7 hours ago )
Second man arrested in murder of homeless man in Gwinnett
Authorities in Gwinnett County said a second man has been arrested in connection with the robbery and murder of a Snellville pizza business employee.
11:21AM ( 8 hours ago )
Motorcyclist arrested after high speed chase with Georgia State Patrol in Hall, Forsyth counties
A Kennesaw man faces drug and traffic charges after he allegedly led Georgia State troopers on a high speed chase through Hall and Forsyth counties Monday night.
7:20AM ( 12 hours ago )