Burning yard debris is a common practice in agricultural areas.
As much of the City of Milton is zoned as agricultural land, the Milton Fire-Rescue Department is involved in regulating the burning of small amounts of yard waste.
Outdoor burning standards are established by the state and are based on environmental and safety factors. Foremost among these regulations is an annual burn ban.
The Georgia Burn Ban runs from May 1 through Sept. 30. No outdoor burning is permitted during this time. Read this important safety information from Milton's Fire Marshal regarding city and fire code regulations from Oct. 1 through Apr. 30.
For more information on the yearly burn ban, state environmental requirements associated with outdoor burning, and the special requirements for land clearing, please refer to the state air quality web site.
The rating is dependent on factors such as the wind and humidity levels for the day. Call the Milton Fire Department at 678.242.2541 during regular business hours to check if safe burning is permitted, or refer to the fire safety rating at the Georgia Forestry Commission web site.
Please note that all fires must be out at dark. Only residents who live in agriculturally zoned areas of the city are permitted to burn (click here for a zoning map).
Additionally, you may refer to commercial weather web sites to see if a “Red Flag Warning” is posted for the day (often as a weather alert, much like a tornado watch), which will ensure that you will not be able to burn that day.
The following guidelines will be enforced by Milton Fire Department, should you choose to burn:
These regulations generally address smaller amounts of natural, hand-piled vegetation to manage:
* Land clearing (whole trees, large branches, etc.) is not included in these regulations and contractors/landowners should contact the fire marshal regarding appropriate burning guidelines for large amounts of debris. For the special requirements for land clearing, please refer to the state air quality web site.
Tools needed for a safe burn include:
The following regulations apply to outdoor burning:
The Fire Marshal reminds residents that they are responsible for smoke and ashes generated by the fire, so keep the pile small and under control. The fire department reserves the right to extinguish any fire that is creating a safety hazard.
For more information on the state burn ban, contact Marietta at 678.242.2541 or firstname.lastname@example.org.