By Jason Banks:
With current drought conditions in Fannin County and much of northern Georgia, local officials would like to remind area citizens and visitors that a county-wide burn ban remains in effect for all of Fannin County. The ban includes all outdoor burning, such as campfires, and includes the burning of “burn barrels”. Commonsensehome.com defines a burn barrel as a metal 55 gallon open head drum, modified to burn household trash safely and cleanly. “Basically, it’s a personal incinerator,” the website says. However, household trash is not something local residents should be burning.
“Only natural vegetative materials are allowed to be burned when burning is allowed and permitted,” Fannin County EMA Director Robert Graham told the Focus. “Georgia Forestry may charge a response fee for burning without a permit [and] the Georgia Department of Natural Resources CAN and WILL issue citations for burning illegal materials.”
According to the Georgia Forestry Commission’s website, “All outdoor burning must have a permit and is good only for natural vegetative materials. It is unlawful to burn man made materials such as tires, shingles, plastics, lumber, household garbage, etc.”
A permit is required for burning all Natural Vegetation that is hand piled, including leaf piles on the premises that they fall, existing small clearings to plant vegetable and flower gardens, and vegetative debris disposal from storm damage, weed abatement, disease and/or pest prevention. A hand piled permit does not include the burning of debris generated by machine clearing of an area for the purpose of establishing a garden spot or land clearing. To obtain a permit, you may call 1-877-OK2-BURN (652-2876). Fires should not be initiated before 8:00 a.m. and should be completely extinguished before dark.
At this time, however, NO OUTSIDE BURNING is permitted.