tree limbs — can be burned and only if that material is piled by hand; no heavy machinery can be used. And it is advised that tools such as a shovel, water and a telephone should always be on hand when burning and that a fire should never be left unattended.
“Escaped debris burns remain the number one cause of wildfires in our state, and it may be necessary and wise to delay or postpone open burning if local conditions are unfavorable,” Sorrells said.
While some protest any government regulation of open burning, those who choose not to obtain permits can face fines and hefty bills.
People have found that picking up a telephone and obtaining a permit is not only easy, it can save money.
Forestry Division crews, without charge, will help extinguish permitted fires that get out of control.
But if there is no permit, the person who started the fire can be charged for the use of firefighters time and material — something officials say can be very expensive if aerial support is required.
Burn permits may be obtained 24 hours a day by calling 1-877-OK2-BURN (1877-652-2876) or online at GaTrees.org. No burn permits are issued inside the city limits of Chickamauga, LaFayette, Lookout Mountain or Rossville.