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Outdoor burn ban takes effect Wednesday

April 30, 2019--7:52 a.m.

Staff reports

The annual outdoor burning ban goes into effect Wednesday.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division imposes a ban on outdoor burning to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations.

"From May 1 until September 30, open burning of yard and land-clearing debris is prohibited in some counties where particulate matter pollutants and chemicals from smoke are more likely to combine with emissions from vehicles and industrial activities," said Frank Sorrells, Chief of
Protection for the Georgia Forestry Commission. “Our agencies closely monitor air quality, weather conditions and open burning for the safety of all Georgians."

During the summer months, the ozone in the air we breathe can reach unhealthy levels.

The EPD has identified open burning as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone.

Consequently, open burning in metro Atlanta and larger counties must be restricted during the summer months.

The burn ban impacts 54 counties including Floyd, Gordon, Chattooga, Bartow, Paulding, and Polk as well as Metro-Atlanta.

You can learn more here.