AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - The Americus Fire Department is reminding citizens that it is illegal to burn leaves and trash within the city limits. Several recent calls have been to these unauthorized burns that have gotten out of control.
The fire chief said the close proximity of houses in Americus could pose a fire risk if the embers catch one house on fire.
"Fiber from the barrel can get hit on a house and start a fire. And we do not give any warnings.they are fined and then they have to go before a municipal court and the judge will tell them what the fine is," said Fire Chief Allen Erkhart.
Fire officials believe a fatal fire in Macon was started from the same kind of burn.