The National Weather Service (NWS) out of Charleston, S.C. has issued a FIRE DANGER statement in effect immediately until 7 PM, Monday, April 12.

According to the NWS bulletin relative humidity values away from the immediate coast will drop to near 20 or 25 percent this afternoon and early evening.

Additionally, westerly winds should gust to 20 or 25 mph at times.

There has been little rainfall the past week, and rainfall the past 30 days is generally below average.

These conditions will lead to an elevated fire danger across most of southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia, including Bulloch County, away from the immediate coast.


Please refer to your local burn permitting authorities on whether you can burn. If you do, you are advised to use extreme caution.

A permit is required for burning all-natural vegetation that is hand piled, including:

  • leaf piles on the premises that they fall
  • existing small clearings to plant vegetable and flower gardens
  • vegetative debris disposal from storm damage, weed abatement, disease and/or pest prevention


  • Fires should not be initiated before 8:00 a.m. and should be completely extinguished before dark.
  • Always check the Fire Weather Forecastand Current Fire Danger Rating for your area before initiating any type of outdoor burn.
  • It is unlawful to burn man-made materials such as tires, shingles, plastics, lumber, garbage, etc.
  • You are responsible for your fire and its smoke.

Obtain a Burn Permit in the City of Statesboro

To obtain a burn permit in the City of Statesboro you should call the Statesboro Fire Department at 912-764-3473. You will be connected to the Battalion Chief on duty and they can issue a residential burn permit in the city.

Obtain a burn Permit in Bulloch County

To obtain a burn permit in Bulloch County you should contact the Georgia Forestry Commission at
1-877-OK2-BURN (652-2876) or online by clicking here.

Additional steps for burning of machine piled natural vegetation and area burning

A hand piled permit does not include the burning of debris generated by machine clearing of an area for the purpose of establishing a garden spot or land clearing. This type of activity is considered a land type change and is subject to the EPD land clearing burning rules and may require the use of an Air Curtain Destructor depending on the county in which you live.

Click here for EPD open burning rules

If you are planning on land clearing without an ACD, burning off Acreage, or understory, please click here to contact your local GFC county office.

DeWayne Grice

Herschel DeWayne Grice is the founder of Grice Connect an online news and information company in Statesboro, Georgia. DeWayne has been active in the media for over three decades. He brings a unique insight...