The summer ban on outdoor burning will end Saturday, September 30 in 54 Georgia counties, primarily in the northern half of the state. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division sets the restrictions annually, from May 1 to the end of September, to reduce emissions from ground level ozone that may jeopardize air quality.
Burn permits issued by the Georgia Forestry Commission are required for any outdoor burning in the state to help prevent wildfires and problems generated by smoke.
“The GFC will resume issuing burn permits as conditions allow, on a day to day basis,” said Frank Sorrells, Chief of Protection for the Georgia Forestry Commission.
Fire danger and smoke management considerations will be taken into account for counties that have been under the EPD burn ban since May 1, as it is in all Georgia locations, Sorrells said. The GFC recognizes the importance of prescribed burning for its many wildfire prevention and forest management benefits, and safety remains the top priority for those burns as well.
“We’re asking everyone to be extra cautious when doing any open burning, especially in the wake of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma, which left behind a lot of downed trees and vegetative debris,” said Sorrells. “Escaped debris burns remain the number one cause of wildfires in our state, and it may be necessary and wise to delay or postpone open burning if local conditions are unfavorable.” Sorrells said tools such as a shovel, water, and cell phone should always be on hand, that fires should never be left unattended, and a 911 call is always prudent when flames escape.
The 54 counties whose EPD summer burn bans have been lifted are: Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Columbia, Coweta, Crawford, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Lumpkin, Madison, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Putnam, Richmond, Rockdale, Spalding, Troup, Twiggs, Upson, Walker and Walton.
For specific information about conducting open burning, permitting requirements, and current fire conditions in your area, contact your county’s GFC office or visit GaTrees.org.
The kick-off for our fall 2017 city-wide cleanup will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. in the Community Room in the Social Circle Public Safety Building. This will be the 22nd regular cleanup event.
Everyone is invited. Wear your work clothes. Biscuits and coffee will be provided. This is a great opportunity for folks to meet and greet their friends and neighbors before setting out to beautify our city.
If you or your organization cannot make it Saturday but want to help, please come by the Welcome Center one day this week and check out grabbers and pick up gloves and trash bags. All we ask is that you return your grabber and let us know how many bags of trash you were able to pick up so that we can include it in our reports.
See our map of Street Assignments. If you are not a member of a group that works on a specific area, feel free to choose an unassigned location.
Every year since 2007 residents of Social Circle meet to clean up our City on the Saturday before Easter Saturday and on the Saturday before our annual Friendship Festival. Over the years we’ve had great support from Social Circle churches, businesses, civic groups, school and youth groups, neighborhood associations, and many others who continue to make this a successful event.
If your organization would like to adopt a street, please contact us at the Welcome Center (770-464-1866) or email AroundTheWell@SocialCircleGA.com.
Leaf and brush crews are working to get debris from tropical storm Irma picked up and hauled off as quickly as possible. They are currently working in the area of Hickory Drive, Joseph Lane and Wildwood Drive. Tomorrow they will be working in Marco estates on Friday and North and South Cherokee Rd and West Hightower Trail on Saturday.
On Monday crews will return to their normal leaf and brush schedule.
Because of the large amount of debris, crews may not be able to pick up all the debris in their scheduled area on that day. They will attempt to return to those areas after completing pickups on other days.
If you would like to haul away your own debris, you may bring it to the laydown area by the Public Works office at 771 Vine Street Monday through Friday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm.
The Social Circle gas department wants you to round up your old appliances in exchange for new natural gas appliances. The Rebate Rally is a special natural gas appliance event, held by natural gas providers across the state of Georgia each year. Local governments, water heater manufacturers, local contractors, and local businesses have partnered together to promote the understanding of natural gas appliance savings, benefits and efficiencies. Social Circle is participating in the 2017 Rebate Rally Campaign throughout the months of September and October. Promotions include a $400 rebate on natural gas tankless water heaters, a $200 rebate on a natural gas tank water heater, $50 rebate on natural gas stove, lights or logs. The City of Social Circle offers 0% interest financing on the purchase and installation cost of natural gas water heaters, stoves and dryers. Qualified residential customers can obtain an application from City Hall. For more information, contact Robbie Groves at 770-464-2380, firstname.lastname@example.org or RebateRally.com.
Please continue to check on your neighbors.
Georgia Power has crew here from West Virginia. They have made great progress. We have power all up and down North Cherokee. They are working on West Hightower and should be able to get to Oak Street and Wildwood in the next day or so.
City crews are moving debris as quickly as the power crews ground and clear the lines.
Beware of spoiled food. Trash trucks will be running, but are a day behind their normal schedule. If your food has been at room temperature, please throw it out. Contact your insurance company as the loss of the food may be covered under your homeowner’s policy.
The temperatures will be in the mid 80’s tomorrow. Please check on your neighbors and make sure they are doing OK. We will have shelters open at Social Circle United Methodist Church and Corinth Missionary Baptist Church. Overnight shelter is available at Corinth Church. The Salvation Army is serving lunch and dinner at the Methodist Church. Lunch is at noon. Dinner is at 5:00. Meals are being carried to Corinth from the Methodist Church. Transit will operate until 8:00 pm for transport to the shelters.
We appreciate everyone picking up the debris and piling it at the edge of the street as requested. The City looks great. It may sit there a while until our crews are able to get around and pick it up. Please only take woody debris to the laydown site at Public Works on Vine Street. If there is any metal debris mixed in, it could harm a city worker or mess up the equipment.
Please share this information with your neighbors as some people do not have access to the internet.
We wish to thank Georgia power. This is the largest catastrophe they have had to deal with in the history of the company.
State Representative Bruce Williamson commended the City on their response and communication. He serves 6 cities in Walton County and Social Circle was by far the most damaged.
Some roads will continue to be closed tonight. Be aware of them as you travel around the city. There will not be a curfew tonight, but do remain at home unless you have to be out.
Schools are closed tomorrow. The schools will evaluate the situation tomorrow afternoon and make a decision about Friday.
The City water supply is in good shape. Please continue to conserve water. If you do not have water, there is a hose available behind the Police station that you can use to fill your containers. Please bring your own containers.
We appreciate everyone working together. Please let us know how we can assist.
We will have updates tomorrow morning at 9:30 am and 5:00 pm.
Thank you for your continued patience.
Power has been restored along North Cherokee.
Georgia Power crews are in the area continuing to work. There is no estimate as to when power will be restored to the rest of the City.
We appreciate your patience.
Thank you for your overnight cooperation and continued patience.
City Hall is Open. The schools are closed.
The City Hall number 770-464-2380
Transit is running for essential services only. Call 770-464-2953
Georgia Power is assessing the damage and beginning repairs. They do not anticipate completion of restoration today. It may be several more days until power can be restored.
Shelters are set up at Corinth Missionary Baptist Church and Social Circle United Methodist Church. The Methodist Church will be open during the day and Corinth is set up to house people overnight.
The Salvation Army will be serving lunch and dinner today at the Methodist Church. Lunch will be served at noon. Dinner will be served at 5:00 pm. Meals will be carried to Corinth. The bus will carry residents to either location for shelter or food.
There is still plenty of water in the city, but please conserve water and use it for personal use. Wastewater is also OK.
Beware of spoiled food.
It is forecast to be 85 degrees tomorrow. Beware of hot homes and elderly residents or those who cannot tolerate heat.
We are working with the critical care facilities so they can plan to care for their residents.
Public works is collecting debris. You can carry your debris to the public works lot on Vine Street.
A reminder that since the stop light is out, please treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
Please partner with your neighbors who may not have access to internet to keep them up-to-date on developments.
We will do another update this afternoon.
Thank you for your continued patience.
Conditions continue to deteriorate in the city. Trees are still falling and knocking out power lines. Georgia Power is not able to respond until daylight.
For this reason, Mayor Dally has issued a curfew effective immediately until 7:00 am Tuesday.
This means NO ONE should be on the streets until 7:00 am.
Social Circle Parkway is still open. However, North Cherokee, South Cherokee and East Hightower will be closed at the Parkway to all traffic except local residents.
Barricades are being placed across streets which are blocked by trees and power lines.
Thank you for your patience.
Police, Fire and Public Works crews are working throughout the night to monitor the situation and provide emergency response.
Even Tuesday morning, the streets will still be dangerous due to power lines and downed trees. Therefore, residents are advised to stay at home if possible.
Qualifying for the 2017 General and Special Elections ended at 4:3o pm today.
There were thirteen candidates qualified for six open positions on the Social Circle City Council and the Social Circle Schools Board of Education.
The 2017 General and Special Elections are scheduled for November 7, 2017. The last day to register to vote in this year’s elections is October 10, 2017. Early voting will be held October 16, 2017 – November 3, 2017.