Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

THERE IS A BURN BAN IN EFFECT IN CHEROKEE COUNTY.


THE BAN IS EFFECT FROM MAY 1, 2018 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2018.

 

Burning that is allowed during the burn ban.

 

Residential Recreational Fires

Types of Fires Allowed Year Round:

Recreational fires where only logs or clean wood are being burned for pleasure, religious ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes are allowed year-round. The total fuel area for recreational fires cannot exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height with a minimum of 25 feet from all structures. No garbage or yard waste can be burned during these types of burns. No recreational burning is allowed on windy days (10 mph or greater) or on days when atmospheric conditions could cause smoke to remain low to the ground (cloudy, overcast, or rainy days). Recreational fires must be attended by an adult at ALL times. Access to a water hose or fire extinguisher must be available to reach the fire if needed.

Bonfires, for an event,  which are larger than recreational fires are also allowed year-round as long as they are firewood only, 16-25' split wood. The bonfire may not include any brush, leaves, straw or lumber. Bonfires must be 50 feet from structures, 25 feet from wooded areas or pine islands, and 25 feet from adjacent property lines. there must be a 10 feet cleared area around the fire, it must be attended by an adult at ALL times. Access to a water hose or fire extinguisher must be available to reach the fire if needed. No bonfires are allowed on windy days (10 mph or greater) or on days when atmospheric conditions could cause smoke to remain low to the ground (cloudy, overcast, or rainy days).A bonfire permit is required to be issued by the Fire Marshal's Office. Please call 678-493-6290 to request an inspection and obtain a permit.

If there are any questions please visit the Georgia Forestry Commision website Georgia Forestry Commission.

 

Agriculture Burn

An Agriculture Burn permit must be obtained through the Georgia Forestry Commission. This must be obtained on a daily basis.

The definition of a Agriculture Burn: Burning in the open of vegetative materials from the production and harvesting of crops and animals for the purpose of marketing for profit, or providing a livelihood. This practice is generally used to reduce crop residue, stimulate yield, control diseases, reduce unwanted plant species, or otherwise maintain the productivity of agricultural lands.

There is not to be any cleared, piled or stacked wood, logs or branches.

The land is not to be cleared by any equipment.

EPD’s GA Open Burning Rules for GA currently state agricultural burns are “Carrying out recognized agricultural procedures necessary for production or harvesting of crops"

“Recognized agricultural procedures” as defined by state law are the burning of “improved pastures and residue on cultivated crop land

Woodstock and Canton Residents

The cities of Canton and Woodstock do not issue commercial burn permits.

The cities are currently on a burn ban.

The only fires that are allowed are fires as stated above.