VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The Valdosta Fire Department is reminding people about the rules for burning yard debris.
With the warmer weather, you may be thinking about burning up those leaves and branches that have accumulated in your yard over the Winter. But, burning it is illegal inside city limits.
Construction companies and companies clearing land can, however, burn if they dig a proper pit first and obtain a proper permit from the fire department. "They cannot just burn regular debris or certain construction things. It has to be a pit with a fan before they can actually burn within the city," emphasized Valdosta Fire Marshal Cpt. James Clinkscales.
The fire department also recommends keeping the fire at least 50 ft. away from any structures and having a hose on standby.
Residents wanting to burn their yard debris must do so outside of city limits and must obtain a burn permit from the Georgia Forestry Commission prior to burning. "[The forestry commission] will tell you al of the requirements. They will give you a permit on which days that you can burn," Cpt. Clinkscales pointed out.
Contact the Valdosta Fire Department at 229-333-1835 for more information. To obtain a county burn permit, visit