Residents in unincorporated Cherokee County dealing with the aftermath of the recent storm now have an additional disposal option. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has agreed to lift the burn ban until October 1, providing a method for eliminating vegetative storm debris.
The decision comes after the July 20 storm that resulted in substantial tree damage and power outages throughout Cherokee County.
However, the lifted ban comes with stipulations. It primarily permits the burning of storm debris such as fallen trees, brush, and stumps. If residents wish to burn debris larger than 6 inches in diameter as part of routine land clearing, they will need an air curtain destructor and must secure a permit through the Cherokee County Fire Marshal’s Office, reachable at (678) 493-6290 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Citizens are cautioned against burning solid waste materials, such as household trash, tires, plastics, paints, roofing materials, chemicals, oils, insulation, ductwork, or electrical wire. Local solid waste collection and recycling centers should be utilized for disposing of these items.
In order to mitigate smoke production, the amount of dirt on the materials should be limited, and the direction of the prevailing winds should be taken into account. The suggested time for burning vegetative debris is between 10 a.m. and an hour before dusk.
The lifted burn ban applies to the unincorporated areas of Cherokee County, as well as the cities of Nelson and Waleska. Residents of Ball Ground, Holly Springs, Canton, and Woodstock must adhere to their respective jurisdictions’ outdoor burning ordinances.
The lifting of the burn ban is a measure designed for efficient disposal of storm debris, but citizens are encouraged to consider other options such as mulching or chipping before resorting to burning.