Elbert County burn ban relaxed

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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.

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