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Outdoor fire restrictions when ban ends

Penalties remain in place for illegal burning

RIVERDALE — Clayton County Fire Officials are reminding residents they can begin burning outside as long as they follow the rules.

“The beginning of fall not only brings cooler weather, it also brings the end of the Clayton County outdoor burning ban,” said Clayton County Fire Capt. Walter Barber. “Starting on Oct. 1, ‘open burning’ begins but with a few guidelines and restrictions Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services would like you to be aware of before you burn.”

Open burning ends April 30, according to Barber.

Burn permits are not required for Clayton County residents. However, the fire captain urges residents to call 770-473-3836 on the day they would like to burn to confirm if burning is allowed in the county. The information is updated daily by 9 a.m.

“Residents may only burn pine straw, leaves, small twigs and limbs,” Barber said. “These fires should be kept small while under constant supervision of an adult with a water hose, and must be extinguished by sundown.”

Barber asked residents to be mindful that any outdoor burning adversely affecting the health, safety, or general welfare of others will have to be extinguished.

There are special considerations for contractors, who desire a commercial burning permit. Contractors are asked to call 770-603-4040 to request a site inspection of the burn pit.

“Although data from the Georgia Forestry Commission is reviewed daily to aid in determining weather conditions, the Clayton County Fire Marshal’s Office will determine whether burning will be allowed in the county,” he said. “Remember if you burn on an illegal burn day you could be subject to legal action. Remember, when burning exercise extreme caution and be safe.”

For more information, contact the Clayton County Fire Marshal’s Office at 770-473-7833 or refer to the numbers listed above.