A Summerville man burning a pile of grass this week accidentally caused property damage to his neighbors house.

On Sunday January 17th Chattooga County Sheriffs Deputies responded to a fire call on Roslyn Lane. Sunil Patel was burning some grass in his yard when the wind kicked up and spread the fire from his yard, into his neighbors. Before the fire could be gotten under control it cause damage to the front yard, fence, as well significant damage to the side of the house. Firefighters were able to get it controlled before it caused any more damage.

Per the Georgia Forestry Commission, The Georgia Rules for Air Quality define open burning as any outdoor fire from which the products of combustion are emitted directly into the open air without passing through a stack, chimney, or duct. All outdoor burning of natural vegetative materials is considered open burning and requires a burn permit.

Use this form to request a burn permit, or contact GFC by phone at 1-877-OK2-BURN (652-2876). NOTE: Permits are good only for the day they are issued. If you obtain your permit after dark, your permit will be good for the following day.