ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has issued a ban on open burning from May 1 to September 30.
Fifty-four counties in Georgia are affected.
The following counties are under the outdoor burn ban:
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.
You may not burn leaves, tree limbs, or other yard waste, forest land, or use air curtain destructors for land clearing.
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division imposes a ban on outdoor burning to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations.
During the summer months in Georgia, the ozone in the air we breathe can reach unhealthy levels. The Georgia EPD has identified open burning as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone.
For more information on the burn ban, click here.