Some fires require a permit
Exempted from the summertime ban in Cobb County are small campfires less than 3 feet by 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high; larger bonfires with a permit from the fire marshal’s office; fires in barbecue grills or pits; or outdoor fireplaces. Campfires and bonfires are allowed with clean wood only. While the Georgia Forestry Commission often issues burn permits throughout Georgia, requests in Cobb are handled through the county fire department. For unincorporated areas of Cobb, as well as the cities of Acworth, Kennesaw and Powder Springs, Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services issues burn permits for residents. The Marietta Fire Department issues permits within the city limits.
Fire rules more specific in Cobb
Cobb Fire Marshal Jay Westbrook said the county’s outdoor burning rules are more comprehensive than those required by the state, with additional language incorporated from the International Fire Code. For example, any burning needs to have a charged water hose with a nozzle within 25 feet of the fire. “We’ve made some things more specific just so the citizens know what to expect,” Westbrook said. During months when the total burn ban is not in effect – Oct. 1 through April 30 – residents may burn small brush, leaves, pine straw and other types of yard waste without a permit, as long as the area being burned is smaller than 6 feet by 6 feet. Additional restrictions are place on location, time of day and wind conditions. For larger jobs, such as bonfires or large yard waste fires up to 12 feet by 12 feet, residents must obtain a permit from the county. Westbrook said for those jobs, the department will do a site inspection within five to seven days before issuing a permit. Burning household garbage or treated wood is prohibited throughout the year. For more information regarding the burning ban or air-quality control, visit the fire department’s website at www.cobbfire.org, or contact the Georgia Environmental Protection Division at 404-363-7000 or 404-362-2671.