Posted: Friday, September 28th 2012 at 1:29pm
Outdoor burn ban to be lifted Monday
UNDATED - Just in time for the backyard leaf pile, the annual burn ban in 54 Georgia counties will be lifted on Monday.
Summer burning restrictions are imposed annually in the primarily northern part of the state, due to air quality concerns and regulations of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Division.
"Georgians who want to burn outdoor debris piles must always get a burn permit," said Frank Sorrells, Chief of Protection for the Georgia Forestry Commission. "They're easy to secure online when local weather conditions are favorable." The Georgia Forestry Commission's web address is GaTrees.org, and permits may also be obtained by phone at 1-877-OK2-BURN.
The 54 counties whose burning restrictions will be lifted on October 1 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.
"As always, we're asking anyone who gets a permit to be extremely careful about burning debris," said Sorrells.
"Escaped burning is Georgia's number one cause of wildfire."
Safety gear to have on hand before lighting a fire includes a shovel, hose, and a cell phone to call 911 if needed. Only natural, hand-piled vegetation may be burned; it is unlawful to burn man-made materials such as tires, shingles and plastics. Residents seeking permission to burn larger areas or agricultural burns should contact their local Georgia Forestry Commission office.
For more information about safe burning, burn permits and services of the Georgia Forestry Commission, visit GaTrees.org.
Link: Georgia Forestry Commission
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