Types of Fires Allowed During the Mandatory EPD Outdoor Burn Ban
Certain types of fires are allowed all year, even during the burn ban, as listed below.
- Recreational fire means an outdoor fire in which only logs or clean wood are being burned and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height for pleasure, religious ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes, and which is not used to dispose of garbage or yard waste.
- Recreational fires are allowed between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.
- No recreational burning is allowed on windy days (10 mph or higher) or on days when the atmospheric conditions (cloudy, overcast, or raining) would cause the smoke to remain low to the ground.
- Recreational fires must be attended by an adult who must be watching the fire at all times. Never leave the fire unattended.
- A water hose or fire extinguisher must be on hand that can reach the fire, and can be ready to use if needed.
- Recreational fires must be at least 25 feet from all structures.
- Recreational fires shall not be started with petroleum-based products.
- An outdoor fire larger than a recreational fire in which only logs or clean wood are being burned for ceremonial purposes.
- A bonfire permit is required to be issued by the Cherokee County Fire Marshal’s Office. Please call 678-493-6290 to request an inspection and obtain a bonfire permit at least 5-7 business days prior to the desired date.
- Bonfires must be 50’ from structures, 100’ from property lines, and completely out by 10:30 p.m.
- An Agriculture Burn permit must be obtained through the Georgia Forestry Commission. This must be obtained on a daily by contacting the Georgia Forestry Commission web contact page.
- The definition of an Agriculture Burn: Burning in the open of vegetative materials from the production and harvesting of crops and animals for the purpose of marketing for profit, or providing a livelihood. This practice is generally used to reduce crop residue, stimulate yield, control diseases, reduce unwanted plant species, or otherwise maintain the productivity of agricultural lands.
- There is not to be any cleared, piled or stacked wood, logs or branches. The land is not to be cleared by any machinery or equipment.
- EPD’s GA Open Burning Rules for GA currently state agricultural burns are “Carrying out recognized agricultural procedures necessary for production or harvesting of crops".
- “Recognized agricultural procedures” as defined by state law are the burning of “improved pastures and residue on cultivated crop lands.
Types of Fires Exempt from Burn Regulations
- Fires burned for the purpose of cooking food for immediate human consumption, e.g., barbecue grill or pit.
- Fires in an outdoor fireplace, chimenea, fire bowl, or other similar device burning logs or clean wood only.