The Georgia Forestry Commission reminds you that when you are burning outside the smoke from your fire is your responsibility:
Smoke is a definite effect of fire. Anytime
you burn, your fire will produce
smoke. You are as responsible for your
smoke as you are your fire! Here are
some tips to help you reduce the amount
of smoke produced from the fire.
Burn smaller piles.
Smaller piles produce smaller
amounts of smoke.
Burn on clear days.
Cloudy overcast days tend to
stagnate the air causing smoke to
linger and settle around you and
Burn with a little wind.
Wind is needed to move and disperse
Avoid burning wet piles.
Moisture in your pile will produce
more smoke. Dried out leaves,
limbs, etc. burn clean and produce
Avoid dirt in your piles.
Dirt helps hold in moisture and
will cause a smoke problem. When
building your pile, keep dirt to a
Avoid burning at night or
Try to burn from mid-morning until
early afternoon. Early morning and
nighttime has the same effect as
cloudy days and smoke will linger.
Inform your neighbors.
Let your neighbors know a day or
two before you plan to burn They
may want to plan to be away that
If your smoke becomes a problem,
put your fire out and burn when
conditions are more