Fire Marshal: Outdoor burning not allowed in city limits

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - While spring is still more than a month away, spring-like weather has already started to move into our area and many homeowners will begin sprucing up their yards. Savannah Fire and Emergency Services is reminding Savannah residents that outdoor burning is prohibited within city limits.

Savannah Fire says that the spring-like weather can create serious fire hazards for those who burn yard debris. The drier, windier conditions can fuel outdoor fires which are unmanageable for residents.

Savannah Fire Marshal Craig Landolt cites two city ordinances (Sec. 3-2013 and Sec. 3-2003) that prohibit outdoor burning:

One section addresses bonfires of any size, which yard debris fires are. The other makes it unlawful for any person to make or cause any fire to be made on any street, public park or place in the city.

Landolt emphasizes that the oridinances are place for the protection of everyone because it is often difficult for indivduals to monitor and maintain even the smallest of fires.

He also reminds that the City of Savannah does not issue burn any type of burn permit for residents who wish to burn leaves and tree limbs. They only issue permits for commercial debris removal and ceremonial bonfires for schools and other organizations.

Violations of city ordinances are misdemeanors. And while the Georgia Forestry Commision does not require burn permits for any outdoor burning, Landolt says the city ordinances override the agency.

City of Savannah are encouraged to recycle yard waste at any of the county recycling centers. For recycle center location and more information visit

Citizens who live outside the City of Savannah should check with their local authorities to determine whether outdoor burning is allowed.

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