Q: What is “open burning”?
A: Open burning refers to the burning of materials wherein products of combustion are emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through a stack or chimney from an enclosed chamber.
Q: What is not included in “open burning”
A: Road flares, smudge pots and similar devices associated with safety or occupational uses typically considered open flames, recreational fires, or use of portable outdoor fireplaces.
Q: Is open burning allowed in Tucker?
A: All open burning is prohibited in Tucker and throughout DeKalb County. This includes burning in a barrel or metal drum and the burning of garbage or rubbish. A permit can be obtained through the DeKalb County Fire Marshal in some situations by calling (404) 371-2776.
Q: Which types of fires are allowed without a permit?
A: Fires for the purpose of cooking food for immediate human consumption are allowed. Use of an outdoor fireplace, chimney, fire bowl or other similar device is allowed when burning logs or clean wood. These fires must be set at least 25 feet from any structure, occur between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. and be attended to by an adult with a water charged hose who stays within 100 feet at all times.
Q: What about bonfires?
A: Bonfires must be pre-approved by the DeKalb County Fire Marshal. They can be no taller than two feet and no wider than three feet. They must be set at least 50 feet from any structure and at least 100 feet from a property line. They must be attended to by an adult with a water charged hose who stays within 100 feet at all times.