Burn Restriction Information

Current Stage & Restrictions

Effective August 20, 2021, the current burn restriction stage for Elbert County is Stage II.

Stage I Restrictions

Stage one restrictions ban all fires with the exceptions of: 

  • Fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, grills, fire pits, or other gas or liquid-fueled appliances.
  • Outdoor welding or hot work.
  • Residential use of charcoal grills, smokers, tiki torches, fires in chimineas or other portable fireplaces or patio fire pits, as long as the fires are supervised by a responsible person at least 18 years old. Portable fire pits and chimineas must have a lid or screen, and all openings must be less than 1/4-inch.
  • Small recreational fires contained in fixed permanent metal/steel fire pits (rock fire rings are considered temporary and not permanent) with flame lengths no taller than 4 feet. Recreational pit dimensions shall not exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in depth.
  • Use of indoor fireplaces and wood-burning stoves with an approved chimney spark arrestor.
  • The sale and use of fireworks in compliance with state and local regulations.
  • Use of educational rockets, exploding targets, tracer ammunition and incendiary ammunition.
  • Fire suppression or fire department training fires.
  • Discharge of firearms.

Stage II Restrictions

Stage two restrictions ban all fires with fewer exceptions:

  • Use of indoor fireplaces and wood-burning stoves with an approved chimney spark arrestor.
  • Fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, grills, fire pits, or other gas or liquid-fueled appliances.
  • Residential use of charcoal grill fires and smokers when such use is supervised by a responsible party at least 18 years of age.
  • Fire suppression or fire department training fires.
  • Discharge of firearms.


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