Bans on burning of yard debris have been lifted as leaves begin to fall from trees and autumn takes hold. Open burning is allowed each year between Oct. 1 and April 30 unless weather conditions, such as high winds, make burning dangerous.
Both the city of Marietta and Cobb County lifted their seasonal burn bans today.
Leaf and limb piles, shrub clippings and pine straw can be burned on residential property but a burn permit must be obtained from the Georgia Forestry Commission.
Those permits can be obtained by calling the commission at 1-877-OK2-BURN (652-2876) or online at gfc.state.ga.us.
An adult armed with a water hose must be watching the fire at all times.
Fires can be no larger than 6-foot-by-6-foot. At least 25 feet of space must be cleared around the pile and it should be at least 50 feet from structures, including homes and fences.
Smoke and heat from fires rise so individuals who burn yard debris should be careful not to create a fire hazard with lower hanging branches or vines.
Burning is only allowed between 8 a.m. and sunset, according to the Georgia Forestry website, although the city of Marietta only allows burning between 10 a.m. and an hour before sunset.
It is unlawful to burn man made materials such as tires, shingles, plastics, lumber, household garbage, etc. Permits are issued only for natural vegetative materials.