Burn Restrictions

November 18th 2020 the Board of County Commissioners adopted resolution ORDINANCE 20-02 (An Ordinance Restricting Open Fires, Open Burning, and Fireworks in the Unincorporated Areas of Elbert County). This updated burn restriction ordinance was designed to simplify the burn restriction process in Elbert County. This ordinance gives your local fire department more control of the burn restrictions as we see different weather conditions in our county. Just because your local fire department had the ability to issue a permit does not guarantee it will be issued as there are several factors that go into issuing a burn permit.  Please familiarize yourself with the new restrictions and reach out to your local department if you have any questions. We hope the new resolution will make life safer, easier, and more enjoyable for the residents of Elbert County. You can download a copy of the Quick Reference Guide here and see the burn restriction information on the Elbert County Website here. 

Stage I (Moderate Burn Restrictions) 

Not Allowed:

Open burning of any kind.

Burning plastics, tires, chemically treated wood products and other man-made materials  


Acts Allowed: 

Fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, grills, fire pits or other gas or liquid fueled appliances.

Outdoor welding or hot work

Residential use of charcoal grills, smokers, tiki torches, fires in chimineas or other portable fireplaces or patio fire pits, as long as the fires are supervised by a responsible person at least 18 years old. Portable fire pits and chimineas must have a lid or screen, and all openings must be less than ¼ inch.

Small recreational fires contained in fixed permanent metal/steel fire pits (rock fire rings are considered temporary and not permanent) with flame lengths no taller than 4 feet. Recreational pit dimensions shall not exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in depth.

Use of indoor fireplaces and wood-burning stoves with an approved chimney spark arrestor.

The sale and use of fireworks in compliance with State and Local regulations.

Use of educational rockets, exploding targets, tracer ammunition and incendiary ammunition.

Fire suppression or fire department training fires.

Discharge of firearms.


Acts Allowed With A Permit From Your Local Fire Department: 

Open burning per local fire department regulations.

Professional firework displays.

Tethered Sky Lanterns 


Stage II (Burn Ban in Effect)

Not Allowed:

Open burning of any kind.

Burning plastics, tires, chemically treated wood products and other man-made materials  

The sale or use of fireworks.

Use of recreational motor vehicles without an approved forest service spark arrestor. 

Tethered Sky Lanterns 

Exploding targets, tracer ammunition and incendiary ammunition. 


Acts Allowed:

Use of indoor fireplaces and wood-burning stoves with an approved chimney spark arrestor.

Fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, grills, fire pits or other gas or liquid fueled appliances.

Residential use of charcoal grill fires and smokers when such use is supervised by a responsible party at least 18 years of age.

Fire suppression or fire department training fires.

Discharge of firearms.


Acts Allowed With A Permit From Your Local Fire Department: 

Outdoor welding or hot work.

Professional firework displays.

Use of educational rockets.

Small recreational fires contained in fixed permanent metal/steel fire pits (rock fire rings are considered temporary and not permanent) with flame lengths no taller than 4 feet. Recreational pit dimensions shall not exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in depth.