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.