PTC modifies permit process for outdoor burning

Thu, 12/31/2009 - 12:48pm
By: John Munford

Online form must be filled out, printed before fire is lit; Those without computers must visit fire station

Starting Monday Peachtree City residents will have to go through an extra step to obtain an outdoor burning permit.

The city will keep its outdoor burning advisory available by calling 770-631-2588, ext. 555. But that will be an advisory only about whether outdoor burning will be allowed, officials said.
Those wishing to burn debris outdoors will have to fill out an online form on the city’s website and print it before they are allowed to burn, fire officials said.
The phone message will direct residents to fill out and print the completed form online.

Residents without computers may come by fire station 82 at 105 north Peachtree Parkway for help obtaining a permit on any of the station’s available computers, officials said. If no one is at the station at the time, a printed form will be made available outside the front door near the emergency telephone.

Whether filled out online or not, residents are required to keep their printed copy of the burning permit in case the department must respond to their particular burn site, officials said.
If the department receives a legitimate complaint that a particular outdoor burning site is causing a “serious health concern” a crew may be sent to investigate and address the situation, even perhaps extinguishing the fire if necessary, officials said.

The decision on whether outdoor burning is allowed on a given day has much to do with weather conditions. As such, the fire department’s decision on whether or not to allow burning each day is made after consulting reports from local forecast offices, the Weather Channel and the Georgia Forestry website, officials said.

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Submitted by onewhocares on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 11:51am.

Everytime someone in my neighborhood burns I have to make a trip to the doctor.

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Submitted by The Wedge on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 12:20pm.

You would ban all fires, even from fire pits and campfires in the middle of someone's wooded lot? I have bad allergies, should we ban flowering plants because I sometimes get a sinus infection? That is a bit ridiculous

Submitted by onewhocares on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 2:19pm.

I don't think anyone should be allowed to burn LEAVES in city limits
and I know I'm not the only one who suffers from someone else burning their leaves. It is not a "SOMETIMES" thing with me. My eyes swell shut and I can barely breath when there is leaf burning. And yes I have bad allergies also. It is not difficult to bag them, have done it many of times. And I believe you are ridiculous, you cannot prevent plants from blooming, burning can be prevented.

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Submitted by The Wedge on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 4:03pm.

you stated a burning ban. Whenever someone wants to have a small bonfire, it is a requirement in PTC to get a burn permit. Fires are fun--"ranger tv" I see no reason to ban them. Leaf burining is different- you did not differentiate it. But I love your reasoning-it is so prevalent in our society. "I am hyper sensitive to X, therefore it is right to ban it for everyone". Some are allergic to peanuts, some to perfume, some to bleach. Where do you draw the line? I know-at your personal convenience. How fitting and typical

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Submitted by Mike King on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 4:20pm.

...ban the burning of all fossil fuels then we could all sit home and bitch on the blogs-what a perfect scenario for a liberal like Bonkie!

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Submitted by opustv on Fri, 01/01/2010 - 12:39pm.

Those without computers must visit fire station, pick up a stone tablet and chisel, and hammer out an excuse for not having a computer in 2010.

Submitted by Spyglass on Thu, 12/31/2009 - 9:06am.

Some moron down the street from me is burning wet leaves. Frankly, I don't get it.

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Submitted by carbonunit52 on Fri, 01/01/2010 - 2:41pm.

I believe that the predominant reasoning behind burning wet leaves is: "my granddaddy did it, my daddy did it, and dammit, I'm gonna do it too".

It's not easy being the carbonunit

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Fri, 01/01/2010 - 4:29pm.

Well that's a new one on my--I've never known anybody to do that--but what in the hell do I know, I'm just an old country boy who still lives in the country!

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Thu, 12/31/2009 - 9:59am.

wait till the Rockaway Rd. facility stops taking this stuff. This city is gonna be lit up every weekend.

Submitted by normal on Thu, 12/31/2009 - 11:01am.

When your neighbor lights up just make a call to the fire dept. and complain, They will come put it out. It doesnt matter that they have a permit Nothing worse than that nasty smell soaking through your house walls. Put your leaves in your islands for ground cover, Recycle them

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Submitted by tampabayjay on Fri, 01/01/2010 - 12:17pm.

What I find extremely irritating is the number of citizens of this town that would form a lynch mob to stop their neighbor from burning leaves, yet the same group of people think nothing of walking their dogs without a plastic bag to remove and dispose of the animals waste. I live next to a golf cart path and cannot count how many times I've gotten my shovel out to remove piles of dog crap from the cart path easment because of the wonderful odor it emits after a few days baking in the sun. When you good citizens of Peachtree City stop leaving your dog crap in my yard, I'll stop burning leaves.

Submitted by Spyglass on Fri, 01/01/2010 - 2:58pm.

A little common courtesy goes a LONG way in situations like this.

No one mentioned a lynch mob either.... Smiling

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Fri, 01/01/2010 - 12:46pm.

My memories of burning leaves are nothing but good--I guess the leaves in PTC contain something that is different from what I remember growing up. Seeing as I have a lot of space now, I compost all my leaves & grass clippings and probably could challenge Git for the biggest piles in the county! and, with me the only possible exception, no animals in our house! And to this point, I'm able to clean up after myself prety good!

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Thu, 12/31/2009 - 11:15am.

Are you aware of the cost to us for these FD calls to check on these fires? And how many they respond to? Do you know what started this change in policy? Think about what you are saying. Also, it's more than leaves that are being lit up.

Submitted by normal on Thu, 12/31/2009 - 1:16pm.

These are non emergency calls. They dont cost anymore to drive by and put out than the ems trucks going to the grocery store or just out driving around territory training. Been there Done that. Had to go many times to put out a controlled burn due to a smoke complaint. No problem they love it and its good practice. Also you can call a tree or yard service, they will come by for a small fee and clean up your mess. Happy New Year.

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Thu, 12/31/2009 - 1:23pm.

Nice to see the FD isn't concerned about costs here. Life must be very good where you are. Maybe too good.

You have a Happy New Year, too.

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Submitted by Git Real on Thu, 12/31/2009 - 9:22am.

Burning wood and limbs is one thing. But burning piles and piles of smoldering leaves if just insane. And if anyone has leaves to burn it is I. Hmmmm... Come to think of it I might just qualify for the top 10 Fayette County mulch pile list.

Just Like Welfare and Socialized Medicine - You Don't Have To Work For It.... THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

Submitted by askari on Thu, 12/31/2009 - 8:28am.

Do we have to keep it 5 years like some other government forms, or can we use it to start the fire?

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Submitted by Use Your Head on Thu, 12/31/2009 - 8:00am.

I burn on a regular basis and the previous "pinky swear" application process always disturbed me.

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Thu, 12/31/2009 - 12:21pm.

There was a web page and at the bottom is said "by reading this page you are now allowed to burn". That never seemed right to me.

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