Thursday, October 25, 2007

Milton Issues Outdoor Burn Ban


MILTON, Ga. -- The north Fulton County city of Milton has issued a citywide burn ban, effective immediately.

Fire Marshal Chad McGiboney said on Wednesday that the ban was issued because of the drought and the area’s reduced water levels.

"Severe drought conditions can create a dangerous situation where we may not be able to meet the water supply needs of the city," said McGiboney. "While our water levels have not yet reached that dire status, it is imperative that everyone takes the appropriate precautions to reduce or eliminate fire hazards and to conserve water wherever possible."

McGiboney said the ban will remain in effect until conditions improve. There are some exceptions to the ban:
  1. Training fires conducted under the direct control and supervision of qualified instructors at a training facility operated by a fire department or government entity.

  2. Fires for commercial outdoor cooking, and cooking for fairs and festivals. A water source capable of extinguishing the fire must be present, as well as an approved fire extinguisher.

  3. Liquid-fueled gas fire stoves, grills, or lanterns.
McGiboney said violators face a fine of $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for a second offense.


Anonymous said...

If everyone could please be sure to tell any of your elderly neighbors that don't get on the internet, it sure would be a helpful way to spread the news.

Many of these folks have burned for years, and we don't want anyone getting in trouble for something they didn't know about.

My grandmother lives in Milton, but doesn't receive any of our newspapers, and I'm not sure that the Alpharetta Revue will be posting this.

-Travis Allen

Anonymous said...

Outdoor fireplaces with chimneys are also exempt from the ban. Checked with fire Marshall