Bethany-Salem VFD​ 

SMOKE:

From May through September, state air quality regulations pro-hibit outdoor burning in 54 counties, mostly in north Georgia. Check GaTrees.org for full details. When burning is allowed, your smoke is your responsibility. To minimize smoke:

  •  Burn smaller piles - they produce less smoke
  •  Burn dry piles - wet piles produce more smoke
  •  Burn on clear days - smoke stagnates on cloudy, overcast days
  •  Burn with a little wind - this helps disperse smoke
  •  Avoid dirt in your piles - dirt holds moisture which produces smoke
  •  Avoid early-morning and night burning - smoke lingers during these times
  •  Be a good neighbor - inform your neighbors of burn plans and if smoke becomes a problem, put your fire out

What Can You Burn?

​​The following is a list of those types of open burning that are legal in the state of Georgia. Please note that the burning of garbage or lumber, even in a burn barrel, is illegal.

Burn Type 1 - Reduction of Leaves on Premises of Origin

Reduction of leaves on the premises on which they fall by the person in control of the premises, unless prohibited by local ordinance and/or regulation

Not allowed in 54 specific counties in and around the metro-Atlanta area, Augusta area, Chattanooga area, and Macon Area during the months of May through September

Burn Type 2 - Agricultural Procedures for Production or Harvesting of Crops

Carrying out recognized agricultural procedures necessary for production or harvesting of crops

Burn Type 3 - Prescribed Burning

The “prescribed burning” of any land by the owners or the owner’s designee.

Not allowed in 19 metro-Atlanta counties during the months of May through September
Not allowed in 35 specified counties in the Augusta area, Chattanooga area, Macon area, and surrounding the metro-Atlanta area when an air quality alert of “code orange” or higher is issued for ozone.

Burn Type 4 - [Reserved]
Burn Type 5 - Recreational Purposes and Cooking

For recreational purposes or cooking food for immediate human consumption.

Burn Type 6 - Fire-fighting Training

Fires set for purposes of training fire-fighting personnel when authorized by the appropriate governmental entity.

Burn Type 7 - Acquired Structure Burns

Acquired structure burns provided that an Authorization to Burn certificate has been issued by the Environmental Protection Division.

Not allowed in 54 specific counties in and around the metro-Atlanta area, Augusta area, Chattanooga area, and Macon Area during the months of May through September

Burn Type 8 - Vegetative Debris from Storms

Disposal of vegetative debris from storm damage.

Not allowed in counties whose total population, as listed in the latest census, exceeds 65,000 and are subject to the summer burn ban
Not allowed in 54 specific counties in and around the metro-Atlanta area, Augusta area, Chattanooga area, and Macon Area during the months of May through September

Burn Type 9 - Weed Abatement, Disease and Pest Prevention

For weed abatement, disease, and pest prevention.

Not allowed in counties whose total population, as listed in the latest census, exceeds 65,000 and are subject to the summer burn ban
Not allowed in 54 specific counties in and around the metro-Atlanta area, Augusta area, Chattanooga area, and Macon Area during the months of May through September

Burn Type 10 - Open-flame Devices

Operation of devices using open flames such as tar kettles, blow torches, welding torches, portable heaters and other flame-making equipment.

Burn Type 11 - Land Clearing, Construction, and Right-of-Way Maintenance

Open burning for the purpose of land clearing or construction or right-of-way maintenance provided the following conditions are met:

(i) Prevailing winds at the time of the burning are away from the major portion of the area's population;

(ii) The location of the burning is at least 1,000 feet from any occupied structure, or lesser distance if approved by the Division;

(iii) The amount of dirt on or in the material being burned is minimized;

(iv) Heavy oils, asphaltic materials, items containing natural or synthetic rubber, or any materials other than plant growth are not being burned; and

(v) No more than one pile 60 feet by 60 feet, or equivalent, is being burned within a 9-acre area at one time.

Not allowed in counties whose total population, as listed in the latest census, exceeds 65,000 and are subject to the summer burn ban
Not allowed in 54 specific counties in and around the metro-Atlanta area, Augusta area, Chattanooga area, and Macon Area during the months of May through September

Burn Type 12 - Packaging Materials for Explosives

Disposal of all packaging materials previously containing explosives, in accordance with U.S. Department of Labor Safety Regulations.

Burn Type 13 – Land Clearing – Burning With Air Curtain Destructor

Open burning of vegetative material for the purpose of land clearing using an air curtain destructor provided the following conditions are met:

(i) Authorization for such open burning is received from the fire department, if required, having local jurisdiction over the open burning location prior to initiation of any open burning at such location;

(ii) The location of the air curtain destructor is at least 300 feet from any occupied structure or public road. Air curtain destructors used solely for utility line clearing or road clearing may be located at a lesser distance upon approval by the Division;

(iii) No more than one air curtain destructor is operated within a ten (10) acre area at one time or there must be at least 1000 feet between any two air curtain destructors;

(iv) Only wood waste consisting of trees, logs, large brush and stumps which are relatively free of soil are burned in the air curtain destructor;

(v) Tires or other rubber products, plastics, heavy oils or asphaltic based or impregnated materials are not used to start or maintain the operation of the air curtain destructor;

(vi) The air curtain destructor is constructed, installed and operated in a manner consistent with good air pollution control practice for minimizing emissions of fly ash and smoke;

(vii) The cleaning out of the air curtain destructor pit is performed in a manner to prevent fugitive dust; and

(viii) The air curtain destructor cannot be fired before 10:00 a.m. and the fire must be completely extinguished, using water or by covering with dirt, at least one hour before sunset.

Not allowed in 54 specific counties in and around the metro-Atlanta area, Augusta area, Chattanooga area, and Macon Area during the months of May through September

www.gatrees.org


You can also obtain a burning permit by calling 1-877-OK2-BURN (652-2876)

PERMIT:

Hand-piled vegetation permit - For most outdoor burning purposes

  •  Available online at GaTrees.org
  •  24-hour service
  •  Easy to use system
  •  Issued for natural, hand-piled vegetation, to manage:
    •  leaf and limb piles w grass and shrub clippings
    •  vegetative disposal from storm damage
    •  weed abatement
    •  disease/pest prevention

Machine-piled debris/acreage burn permits - for bigger jobs

  •  Issued by your local GFC Unit; visit GaTrees.org for contact information
  •  Used only for burning of agricultural, silvicultural and land clearing operations 

Outdoor Burning

Information courtesy of  Georgia Forestry and Georgia Environmental Protection Agency.

SAFETY:​

  •  Get a burn permit before you start
  •  Tools needed
    •  Rake
    •  Water hose
    •  Shovel
  • Wear proper clothing
    •  Long pants
    • Long sleeves
    •  Sturdy boots
    •  Gloves
    •  Safety glasses
  •  Clear 25-foot or more area around debris pile
  •  Never use flammable liquids to start fire
  •  Start fire downwind of your pile
  •  Never leave fire unattended
  •  Ensure fire is completely extinguished and pile is cool to the touch