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Burn Ban is effect from May 1-Sept 30

 

Summertime is fast approaching! Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, and Fire Marshal, Barry Gibson, want to remind everyone that as of May 1, 2015, the annual "burn ban" begins which prohibits all outside burning. This ban is an important part of the state’s plan to improve air quality during smog season, which runs from May 1 through September 30 of each year.

Cherokee County is one of the 54 Georgia counties listed in the Environmental Protection Division (EPD), Air Protection Branch’s area that are subject to the annual burn ban. Citizens and businesses in the affected counties are "not" allowed to burn yard and land-clearing debris during the burn ban season. Some actions, such as campfires and agricultural activities, are exempt.

There are alternatives to burning, such as composting and chipping. More information about alternatives can be obtained by calling the Department of Community Affairs at 404-679-4940 or the Pollution Prevention Assistance Division toll-free at 800-685-2443. Debris can also be hauled to a commercial processing/grinding/composting operation or to an inert or construction and demolition landfill. For a list of landfills in your area, please call EPD’s Solid Waste Management Program at 404-362-2692.

Cherokee County Citizens can get more information on the open burning ban by calling the EPD Mountain District Office at 770-387-4900 or the Air Protection Branch at 404-363-7000.

Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services greatly appreciates your help in insuring that we all comply with these EPD regulations and jointly work together to minimize the air pollutants we release into our area. 

 

See Below for "Types of Fires Allowed Year Round" 

 

The Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for issuing both commercial and residential burn permits.  Burn permits are subject to weather and burning ban restrictions as determined by the Georgia Forestry Commission.

 

Commercial Burn Permits:

Commercial Burn Permits must be obtained from the Fire Marshal’s Office and are good for one month at one location.  Permits can be renewed for same location at no cost for another month.  Commercial permits require a visit by the FMO to visually inspect the areas involved.  You can request an onsite inspection by calling our office at 678-493-6290.

Prior to proceeding with burning today and you have already obtained a commercial burn permit, please confirm that weather conditions are appropriate for burning by checking the burn permit status web page on the Georgia Forestry Commission site, by clicking the website. 

Our list of Commercial Burn Regulations should be reviewed prior to contacting our office for an inspection.

To obtain a commercial burn permit for a location within the city limits of either Canton or Woodstock, contact the appropriate city:

  • City of Canton: Fire Marshal Roger Bailey - (770) 479-7287 (Allows residential burning)
  • City of Woodstock: Woodstock Web Site (Residential burning only)

Residential Permits:

Residential burn permits should be acquired on a daily basis and are subject to weather restrictions.  Residential burn permits are issued for hand piled natural vegetation only (see Residential Burn Permit Guidelines ) and cannot include construction debris, tires, plastics, and other man-made material. The issuing of these permits is dependent on the location within the county where you would like to burn.  Please note the following:

  • If the residential burn location is located in unincorporated County, burn permit must be obtained via the Georgia Forestry Commission web site.  Choose "Cherokee" from the drop down county list at the bottom of the page and proceed to the permit info screen to obtain a Burn Authorization Permit.
  • If the residential burn location is within the City Limits of Ball Ground, Holly Springs, Nelson, or Waleska, burn permits can be obtained online via the Fire Department web site.  Prior to proceeding with a permit request, please confirm that weather conditions are appropriate for burning by checking the burn permit status web page on the Georgia Forestry Commission site.  Once that is confirmed, you may then obtain a permit via our Fire Department web site. 
  • To obtain a residential burn permit for a location within the city limits of either Canton or Woodstock, contact the appropriate city:
    • City of Canton: Fire Marshal Roger Bailey - (770) 479-7287 (Allows residential burning)
    • City of Woodstock: Woodstock Web Site (Residential burning only)

Types of Fires Allowed Year Round:

Recreational fires where only logs or clean wood are being burned for pleasure, religious ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes are allowed year-round.  The total fuel area for recreational fires cannot exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height with a minimum of 25 feet from all structures.  No garbage or yard waste can be burned during these types of burns.  No recreational burning is allowed on windy days (10 mph or greater) or on days when atmospheric conditions could cause smoke to remain low to the ground (cloudy, overcast, or rainy days).  Recreational fires must be attended by an adult at ALL times.  Access to a water hose or fire extinguisher must be available to reach the fire if needed. 

Bonfires which are larger than recreational fires are also allowed year-round as long as only logs or clean wood are being burned.  Bonfires must be 50 feet from structures, 25 feet from wooded areas or pine islands, and 25 feet from adjacent property lines.  A bonfire permit is required to be issued by the Fire Marshal's Office.  Please call 678-493-6290 to request an inspection and obtain a permit.