Lowndes Co. officials warn residents burning yard debris

| October 26, 2016


LOWNDES Co. – In South Georgia, the leaves are beginning to change and fall.

Residents are seeing more piles of leaves, pine needles, and debris.

The County says you can burn your yard trimming as long as you do it legally.

You can’t burn garbage, and you must have a permit first.

Residents can get the free permit from the forestry department.

Just this past weekend, County officials say they had two incidents of illegal burning.

They say neither had permits, and caused damage to nearby private property.

“The problem that we had this weekend is they were not issuing permits because we’re very dry right now, the humidity was very low, and we had wind, which is the perfect storm for a fire,” says Paige Dukes, Lowndes County Public Information Officer.

She says some of the residential neighborhoods can only burn on certain Saturdays of the month.

Residents in Valdosta are not allowed to burn any debris within city limits.

(WCTV Eyewitness News)

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