The Summerville Fire Department was called to an illegal burn on Sunday near the intersection of Rossville Blvd. and Dickeyville Road.

Even though the burn ban was lifted in September for Northwest Georgia, residents must still obtain a permit and follow certain regulations regarding outdoor burning.

You can obtain a burning permit for yard debris type burns such as leaf piles and small limb piles (approximately 6′ x 6′ or smaller). Fires should not be initiated before 8:00 am and should be completely extinguished before dark.  In highly populated areas burning should be conducted from 10:00am until 30 minutes before dark. If you are burning large brush piles or conducting an acreage burn please contact the Chattooga County office of the Georgia Forestry Commission.

Burn permits are good only for the day they are issued and only vegetative materials may be burned….no man-made materials such as tires, shingles or plastics.