Burn Ban Ends Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 13:17

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.

 


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