Henry County Fire Department Encourages Safe Burning Practices
It’s “OK2-BURN” as of October 1, 2009
The Henry County Fire Department, as well as the metro Atlanta area, will lift the burning ban as of Thursday, October 1, 2009. The ban is set to be in effect again beginning on May 1, 2010. The State of Georgia Environmental Protection Division mandates this ban.
On September 17, 2002, the Board of Commissioners of Henry County amended Section 3-4-113 of Article I of Subchapter 2 of Chapter 3-4 of the Code of Henry County, Georgia. With the amendment of this ordinance citizens will no longer need a residential burning permit from Henry County Fire Department; however it is a requirement to obtain a daily or annual permit through the Georgia Forestry Commission. A couple of options for obtaining a residential burning permit are: to call 1-877-OK-2-BURN (1-877-652-2876) or visit an on-line permitting system at www.gatrees.org. For acreage burns please call the Butts/Henry Office for a permit, at 770-954-2003 or 770-504-2238. Commercial permits still require a permit and a fee of $100.00. Residential and commercial burning will be permitted October 1, 2009 through April 30, 2010 and prohibited all other times. In extremely dry conditions and other weather conditions such as high winds or low clouds, the county could ban all burning at there discretion and/or in cooperation with the Georgia Forestry Commission. During the time of the ban no residential or commercial burning will be permitted. Violators will be subject to a fine of up $1,000.00 per day, per violation or 60 days in jail, or both (Henry County Code, Section 3-4-113, page 1710.3). The Henry County Fire Department strongly urges citizens to comply with this ordinance and appreciates in advance all cooperation concerning this matter.
Although residential burning is permitted, there is a nuisance ordinance that could become a factor in any given area. Persons conducting burning will be expected to follow all rules of burning.
Residential Burning Rules
- Residential Burning is for natural debris such as tree limbs from storm damage, leaves, and grass cuttings.
- Clearing of lots for building of structures requires a commercial permit.
- No burning of stumps or whole trees
- No more than one pile 6 x 6 and 5’ high at a time
- No burning construction/building material, household garbage, tires, paints, roofing materials, plastics, or other materials that produce toxic gases or obnoxious odors.
- No burning before 10:00 a.m. or after dark.
- No burning on Sunday.
The number one cause of wildfires in Georgia is burning debris. “Many of these wildfires could be prevented if everyone would follow the rules for outdoor burning and never leave their fire unattended,” stated Captain Sabrina Puckett. Debris burning is caused by humans and humans can prevent wildfires by using safe practices when burning outdoor debris.
*Commercial permits can be obtained @ Henry County Fire Department, 110 South Zack Hinton Parkway in McDonough. For further information, contact the Henry County Fire Department at (770) 288-6600.