What are the rules for conducting a controlled burn?

Rules for conducting burns are as follows:

  • Materials are limited to yard debris. Plastics, rubber, or other similar types of materials may not be burned.
  • The burn must be conducted at a safe distance (usually at least 50 feet) from any building and may only be conducted during daylight hours.
  • The burn must be attended at all times by a responsible individual with a garden hose readily available for safety.
  • The fire department reserves the right to extinguish any fire if determined to present a safety hazard.

Please refer to the Georgia Outdoor Burning Fact & FAQs for additional information and requirements. 

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