September 22, 2018

Fire Chief lifts local burn ban

(Franklin, GA) — Heard County Fire Chief Steve Wirth issued a press release lifting the county’s burn ban Thursday afternoon following some much-needed rain earlier this week.

“With the recent rains and higher humidity levels the county-wide burn ban on recreational fire is being lifted at the guidance of Georgia forestry,” said Wirth in the statement. “Any other open burning will have to be permitted through Georgia forestry.”

A burn permit from the Georgia Forestry Commission is still 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. This type of activity is considered a land type change and is subject to the EPD land clearing burning rules and may require the use of an Air Curtain Destructor depending on the county in which you live.

countywide-burn-ban-liftedYou can also obtain a burning permit by calling 1-877-OK2-BURN (652-2876).

Fires should not be initiated before 8:00 a.m. and should be completely extinguished before dark.

If you are burning machine piled natural vegetation or conducting an area burn, please contact your local county office of the Georgia Forestry Commission.

Always check the Fire Weather Forecast and Current Fire Danger Rating for your area before initiating any type of outdoor burn.

You should not burn on days where the fire danger or fire danger forecast is high (class 4 or 5 is considered dangerous).  If the day is a “high class fire day” there will be a warning statement at the top of your district forecast.  Check this site for weather information in your district.

Despite the recent precipitation, a Level 2 Drought Response issued by the state of Georgia last month remains in effect.

During a Level 2 Drought Response, outdoor landscape watering is only allowed two days per week determined by odd and even-numbered addresses.

Even-numbered addresses and properties without numbered addresses may water on Wednesday and Saturday between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. Odd-numbered addresses may water Thursday and Sunday between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Prohibited outdoor water uses include the washing of hard surfaces such as streets and sidewalks, water for ornamental purposes (such as fountains), the use of fire hydrants (except for firefighting and public safety), non-commercial washing of vehicles, non-commercial pressure washing, and fundraising car washes.

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