The annual “burn-ban” for Chattooga County and many areas of North Georgia is just a couple of weeks away. If you plan to do any outdoor burning between now and May 1st, when the ban starts, you need to apply for a burn permit from the Georgia Forestry Service.
The Georgia EPD 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, according to the Georgia EPD. The agency says that open burning is a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone.
You can apply for a burn permit from the Georgia Forestry Commission’s on-line burn permit system or call 1-877-OK2-BURN.
For more information on burn permits and forestry in Georgia, visit www.gatrees.org.