An outdoor burning ban is now in effect in 54 counties in Georgia through Sept. 30. The Augusta Chrnicle reports the annual summer burn ban prohibits residents from burning any yard or land clearing debris. Some exceptions include agricultural burning exemptions, forestry prescribed burning exemptions, campfires or barbeques, firefighting training, operation of open flame equipment and explosives disposal. Violators of the burn ban could face fines. The annual ban has been in place since 2005.
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has identified open burning as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone.
All outdoor burning of natural vegetative materials is considered open burning and requires a burn permit from the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC).
Call 1-877-OK2-BURN (+1 877-652-2876) or apply online at: https://gatrees.org/fire-prevention-suppression/burn-permits/.