Ban on outdoor burning lifted for Richmond, Columbia counties

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 10:36 AM
Last updated 8:19 PM
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Ready, set, burn!

After a five-month ban that ended Tuesday, residents in Columbia, Richmond and 52 other Georgia counties once again are allowed to burn outdoors.

The seasonal restrictions, which began May 1, are part of a broader effort to protect air quality across the state’s central and northern regions.

The permitting program requires residents who want to burn fall leaves or yard debris to obtain a free permit online or by phone from the Georgia Forestry Commission.

“Georgians who want to burn outdoor debris piles must always get a burn permit,” said Frank Sorrells, the chief of protection for the Forestry Commission. “They’re easy to secure online when local weather conditions are favorable.”

If conditions are too dry or too windy to allow safe burning, the permits may be denied.

The burning restrictions in the 54 counties were lifted Tuesday.

“As always, we’re asking anyone who gets a permit to be extremely careful about burning debris,” Sorrells said. “Even though we’ve had a lot of rain in past months, escaped burning remains Georgia’s No. 1 cause of wildfire. One spark that flies onto fallen leaves and branches is enough to ignite a dangerous fire.”

Safety gear to have on hand before lighting a fire includes a shovel, hose, and a cell phone to call 9-1-1 if needed.

Only natural, hand-piled vegetation may be burned; it is unlawful to burn man-made materials such as tires, shingles and plastics. Residents seeking permission to burn larger areas or agricultural burns should contact their local Georgia Forestry Commission office.

BURN PERMITS

• Permits can be obtained from the Georgia Forestry Commission by calling (877) 652-2876 or going to www.gatrees.org.

• Burn permits are good only for the day of issue and can be used only for yard debris, such as leaf piles and limbs.

• It is unlawful to burn man-made materials such as tires, plastics, paper or household trash.

• Permits will not be issued on days when fire danger is high.

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Darby
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Darby 10/02/13 - 03:27 pm
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OK, pile up some leaves and grass

and unleash the repressed arsonist in yourself.

TakeAHike
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TakeAHike 10/02/13 - 11:22 pm
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Wish I could sue the firestarters

Welcome to asthma season in Augusta. Too bad we don't have a year round outdoor burning ban. Some of those inhalors run $300/month.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/03/13 - 06:00 am
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Let the burning begin. Let the smoke settle in neighbors yard.
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Let the burning begin. Let the smoke settle in neighbors yard.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/03/13 - 06:01 am
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As if the air quality in ARC was not already in the crapper.
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As if the air quality in ARC was not already in the crapper.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/03/13 - 06:02 am
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Along with those leaves will be every other form of trash. One
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day week trash pickup will not be a problem for the winter months.

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soapy_725 10/03/13 - 06:02 am
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Everything but metal and glass will be light the nighttime skies
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Everything but metal and glass will be light the nighttime skies

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