Open Burning Issues

Summary Unsafe conditions
a) No person shall cause, suffer, allow, or permit open burning in any area of Glynn County to include tires or other rubber products, plastics, heavy oils or asphaltic based or impregnated materials, with the following exceptions:
  • Code: 2-16-162
  • Fine: up to $1000

2-16-162 Open Burning
  • (a) No person shall cause, suffer, allow, or permit open burning in any area of Glynn County to include tires or other rubber products, plastics, heavy oils or asphaltic based or impregnated materials, with the following exceptions:
    • (1) Reduction of leaves on the premises on which they fall by the person in control of the premises, unless prohibited by state or federal law.
    • (2) Carrying out recognized agricultural procedures necessary for the production or harvesting of crops.
    • (3) The burning of any forest land by owners of such land.
    • (4) For recreational purposes or cooking food for immediate human consumption.
    • (5) Fires set for the purposes of training fire-fighting personnel utilizing the guidelines set forth by the Director of the Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division.
    • (6) Operation of devices using open flames such as tar kettles, blow torches, welding torches, portable heaters and other flame-making equipment.
    • (7) Setting and maintenance by contractors and tradesmen of miscellaneous small fires necessary to such activities as street-paving work, installation or repair of utilities, provided that such fires are kept small in size, no smoke emissions exceed forty percent (40%) opacity, as set forth in Georgia Rules Subparagraph 391-31-.01(ss) for measurement purposes.
    • (8) Disposal of all packing materials previously containing explosives, in accordance with U.S. Department of Labor Safety Regulations.
    • (9) Open burning of vegetative material for the purpose of land clearing using an air curtain destructor provided that the conditions are met that are set forth in the Georgia Rules for Air Quality Control, Subparagraph 391-3-1-.02(5)(a)(13), as amended from time to time.
  • (b) Exceptions to open burning listed in Subsection (a), above, whenever feasible, should be conducted between 10:00 a.m. and one hour before sunset and shall not cause air pollution in quantities or characteristics or of a duration which is injurious or which unreasonably interferes with the enjoyment of life or use of property in such area of Glynn County as is affected thereby.
  • (c) Except for a reasonable period of time to get a fire started, no smoke the opacity of which is equal or greater than forty percent (40%), as set forth in Georgia Rules Subparagraph 391-31-.01(ss) for measurement purposes, shall be emitted from any source of open burning listed in Subsection (a), above.
  • (d) The effective date of this Section is delayed from its original passage date of April 20, 2000 to a new effective date of January 1, 2001. (O#2000-11)