Burning Banned May 1 – September 30
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has issued a ban on open burning May 1 – September 30 of each year. Fifty-four counties in Georgia (including Cobb County) are affected. Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services are responsible for the enforcement of this state-issued burning ban in unincorporated Cobb County, and the cities of Acworth, Kennesaw, and Powder Springs
From May 1 – September 30, you may not burn leaves, tree limbs, or other yard waste, forest land, or use air curtain destructors for commercial burning.
Burning Allowed October 1 – April 30
Open burning is allowed October 1 – April 30 of each year. During this time, you may burn limited yard debris (leaves, pine straw, and small limbs no more than 2” in diameter from growth on your property). The following restrictions for burning also apply:
- Burning is allowed between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and one hour before sunset (no smoldering or hot coals remaining).
- No burning is allowed on windy days (10 mph or higher) or on days when the atmospheric conditions (cloudy, overcast, or raining) would cause the smoke to remain low to the ground.
- Burning must be attended by an adult who must be watching the fire at all times. Never leave a fire unattended.
- A water hose must be on hand that can reach the fire, and can be ready to use if needed.
- Fires must be at least 50 feet from all structures, including fences of combustible material, etc.
- Fires may not be started with petroleum-based products.
You may not burn refuse or other combustibles, such as garbage of any kind, construction material, plastic products, fiberglass, tree trunks, stumps, kudzu vines, or corn stalks. Any material that is moved from one location to a different property cannot be burned. Burning for recycling wires (to access metal) or tires (to access wheels) is not allowed. For information regarding alternative methods to dispose of yard waste, contact the Georgia Environmental Protection Division at 404-362-2537.
Please understand that even if you follow all of the guidelines for burning, you may be required to extinguish the fire if it adversely interferes with another’s enjoyment of life, use of property, or if someone with a health problem is affected.
NOTE: During the burning period, a fire official may prohibit burning at times when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make burning hazardous.
Types of Fires Allowed All Year
Certain types of fires are allowed all year, even during the burn ban, as listed below.
Recreational fire – an outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill or barbeque pit and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height for pleasure, religious ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes.
Recreational fires are allowed between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.
No recreational burning is allowed on windy days (10 mph or higher) or on days when the atmospheric conditions (cloudy, overcast, or raining) would cause the smoke to remain low to the ground.
Recreational fires must be attended by an adult who must be watching the fire at all times. Never leave the fire unattended.
A water hose or fire extinguisher must be on hand that can reach the fire, and can be ready to use if needed.
Recreational fires must be at least 25 feet from all structures.
Recreational fires shall not be started with petroleum-based products.
Some common sense shall be used when determining if a fire qualifies as a recreational fire. People sitting around a small campfire would be considered a recreational fire. A homeowner with a large pile of brush in their yard and frequently having a small fire is not a recreational fire.
- Bonfire – an outdoor fire larger than a recreational fire in which only logs or clean wood are being burned for ceremonial purposes. A bonfire permit is required to be issued by the Cobb County Fire Marshal’s Office. Please call 770-528-8310 or 8312 to request an inspection and obtain a bonfire permit. Bonfires must be completely out by 10:30 p.m.
- Fires burned for the purpose of cooking food for immediate human consumption, e.g., barbecue grill or pit.
- Fires in an outdoor fireplace, chimenea, fire bowl, or other similar device.
For more information regarding the burning ban or air quality control see a copy of the Cobb County Outdoor Burning Ordinance, or contact the Georgia Environmental Protection Division at 404-363-7000 or 404-362-2671.
If you have a complaint or problem regarding burning in your area, please call 911.
Penalties and Fines
Unauthorized Outdoor Burning:
Burning petroleum based products
Burning construction products
Fire not completely extinguished
Fire left unattended or out of control
Burning yard waste within 50’ of a structure
Burning on windy day (greater than 10mph)
Burning before 10AM or after 1 hour before sunset
Burning during poor weather (Cloudy, Overcast, Raining)
Recreational fire within 25’ of a structure, before 10:00AM or after 10:30PM
Burning without a hose or fire extinguisher
Burning in a barrel
Burning during burn ban
Burning limbs larger than 2”
First Violation: Advised of corrective actions, written warning.
Second Violation: Including failure to correct first violation, summons issued and a fine of $50.00 assessed.
Third Violation: Including failure to correct prior violations, summons issued and a fine of $250.00 assessed.
Fourth Violation: Including failure to correct prior violations, summons issued and a fine of $500.00 assessed.
Fifth and any Subsequent Violations: Including failure to correct prior violations, summons issued and a fine of $ 1,000.00 assessed and/or six months in jail.
Conducting a bonfire without a permit
Bonfire within 50’of a structure
Bonfire within 100’ of a property line
Burning Before 10AM or after 10:30PM
Burning other than logs or clean wood
First Violation: Summons shall be issued and a fine of $500.00 will be assessed.
Second Violation: Including failure to correct prior violations, summons issued and a fine of $1,000.00 assessed.
Third and any Subsequent Violations: Including failure to correct prior violations, summons issued and a fine of $ 1,000.00 assessed and/or six months in jail.
Restricted Burn Areas
Additionally, there are several locations in Cobb County designated as restricted burn areas. Please see the map links below for the current burn ban locations.(Map files are large, if you are on a slow internet connection, it could take a couple of minutes to download)
North Cobb Map
North East Cobb Map #1
North East Cobb Map #2
North East Cobb Map #3
North East Cobb Map #4
North East Cobb Map #5
East Cobb Map
South Cobb Map
West Cobb Map
North West Cobb Map