With the state-mandated annual burn ban over as of October 1st, it is now legal to burn hand-piled vegetation in Chattooga and surrounding counties in Northwest Georgia. But there are some changes to what is required to be able to burn that also went into affect as of the first of the month.
Residents outside municipalities no longer have to call the Georgia Forestry Commission to receive a burn permit. While that means that most Chattooga County residents can burn without a permit, residents that live inside city-limits of one of the counties four municipalities, must still call their local fire department to receive a burn permit before they plan to burn.
The annual burn ban in Georgia is mandated by the state EPA and goes into place on May 1st and is lifted each year at the beginning of October.