Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap signed an executive order July 16 easing the Stage 3 open-burning ban enacted earlier this year.
Recent rains and sustained moisture levels prompted the reduction to Stage 2 restrictions, according to a press release from the Elbert County Office of Emergency Management.
Effective immediately, Stage 2 restrictions prohibit:
• Open burning, with the exception of charcoal grill fires, fires in approved portable exterior fireplaces, and outdoor welding or hot work.
• Outdoor smoking, with the exception of smoking within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
• The sale or use of fireworks.
• Use of educational rockets.
The Stage 2 restrictions remain in effect until modified by either the sheriff or county commissioners.
Open burning at places of business or private homes still requires a permit from local fire authorities.
For more information, contact the Elbert County Office of Emergency Management at 303-805-6132 or a local fire department.