Outdoor Burning Ban

May 1st through September 30th

(Unless extended due to drought)


Outdoor burning is permitted October 1st through April 30th



In Bartow County, as well as 47 other counties in Georgia, the only types of out door burning that is allowed between May 1 and September 30 is as follows:
1 - agricultural procedures for production or harvesting of crops (if land tract is 5 acres or less) - (Carrying out recognized agricultural procedures necessary for production or harvesting of crops)
2 - burning vegetative material for agricultural operations (if land tract is greater than 5 acres) - (Allows open burning over any agricultural tract, lot, or parcel greater than five acres for purposes of any existing, expanded, or new agricultural operations as such term is defined by O.C.G.A. Section 1-3-3, provided that such burning is consistent with the requirements of the Federal Act and is limited to vegetative material )
3 - recreational purposes and cooking (For recreational purposes or cooking food for immediate human consumption)
4 - fire-fighting training
5 - open flame devices (Operation of devices using open flames such as tar kettles, blow torches, welding torches, portable heaters and other flame-making equipment).
6 - disposal of packaging materials for explosives

In Georgia it is unlawful, at any time, to burn man made materials such as tires, shingles, plastics, lumber, or household garbage, even in a burn barrel.


Outdoor burning is permitted ONLY with a burn permit, during daylight hours, and when outdoor burning has not been banned by Georgia Forestry, the Bartow County Fire Department, or by the GA Environmental Protection Agency. Natural vegetation such as leaves, limbs, and/or branches are the only items that are allowed to be burned. 

There must be a water source present at a burning site.
An adult must be present.
The fire can not be any bigger than 6' by 6'.
The fire must be completely out 1 hour before dark. 

For full details on safe burning procedures, see the Georgia Forestry website on Safe Burning Procedures

Georgia EPD Burn Ban Restrictions are from May 1st through September 30th of every year unless drought restrictions extend the Burn Ban. 


For citizens living in unincorporated Bartow County, you MUST contact Georgia Forestry for your permit. By phone: 1-877-OK2-BURN (1-877-652-2876). By website: www.gatrees.org

People living inside the city limits of Adairsville, Emerson, Kingston, Euharlee, Taylorsville, and White:
You must call your local Fire Station to receive a burning permit. 

City Fire Station Phone Number
Adairsville Fire Station 10 (770)-877-9021
Emerson Fire Station 6 (770)-387-5177
Kingston Fire Station 7 (770)-336-5000
Euharlee Fire Station 3 (770)-387-5155
Taylorsville Fire Station 11 (770)-684-8060
White Fire Station 5 (770)-387-5164


For the citizens of the City of Cartersville call: (770)-387-5636