As the Fall weather approaches north Georgia, we are reminded that the end of the outdoor burn ban begins, too. October 1 will mark the end of the outdoor burning ban that is imposed on 54 metro Atlanta counties by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division which includes Cherokee County. According to Cherokee County Fire Marshal, Barry Gibson, “Each year from May to October the Air Protection Branch of the Georgia EPD bans outdoor burning to help improve the air quality in Atlanta by reducing pollutants that contribute to the formation of ozone and negatively impact air quality in the metro area.”
Cherokee County residents must obtain a burn permit every day that they intend to burn as permits are only good for 1 day. Burn regulations and permit information can be found on the Cherokee County Fire website. “It’s extremely important that citizens read the information carefully as they are responsible for any fires on their property and if they are burning outside the regulations or property damage occurs on someone else’s property, they may be issued a citation, which includes a mandatory court appearance, plus you may be liable for damages. Please keep in mind that residential burn permits are for reduction of yard debris (limbs under 6” in diameter, leaves, pine straw, etc.) on the property where they occur, household garbage or any construction debris is illegal to burn in any Georgia county,” added Gibson.
For more information on the air quality in Georgia, please go to the Georgia Environmental Protection website at https://epd.georgia.gov/air/summer-open-burning-ban. Residents wanting to learn more about burn regulations and permit information can go to the Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services website at www.cherokeecountyfire.org and click on the Fire Marshal tab. Once you go to the website, scroll down to permits and then click burn permits.