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Hall County residential burn ban expires soon

POSTED: September 24, 2013 11:37 p.m.

Hall County residents will be allowed to burn again beginning Oct. 1, if they have the proper permits, weather permitting.

Even though the burn ban is scheduled to be lifted, that could be delayed if extreme fire conditions, such as high winds or low relative humidity, are present, Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said.

Hall County Fire Services offers residential burn permits and land-clearning burn permits. A residential burn permit is for burning leaves and small tree limbs. The land-clearing burn permit is for clearing larger parcels of land and removing trees.

Under either permit, all that residents are allowed to burn is natural plant growth. To obtain a residential burn permit, call 770-536-2442 and follow the instructions on the automated line.

For a land-clearing burn permit, call the Hall County Fire Marshal’s Office at 770-531-6838 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fire marshal’s office must be given 24 hours’ notice to ensure inspection.

Residents must call the burn permit line to check availability of permits the day they want to burn.

“We understand citizens want to burn their yard debris but life and property safety supersedes the privilege to burn — we want people to be as safe as possible”, Cagle said.


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