Middle Georgia counties remain under burn ban due to pollution concerns
PERRY, Ga. -- Twelve Middle Georgia counties remain under a burn ban through next month.
The ban was implemented by the Environmental Protection Division to control pollution, not because of fire weather concerns.
Most of the time, counties in a burn ban have larger populations. However, rural counties around Macon and Atlanta were included because they can contribute to levels of pollutants.
Middle Georgia counties included in the burn ban are:
Burning yard debris can increase concentrations of low-level ozone and PM-5s, which are pollutants harmful to respiratory health.
"Most of the time, there are still people that are not aware that this burn ban is in effect because of the EPD," said Nick Tresco with the Georgia Forestry Commission. "They think since it's been raining it's okay to burn. But its not during the summer."
The burn ban went into effect on May 1 and remains in place until Sept. 30.
However, if the weather is too dry or windy in October, the Georgia Forestry Commission won't issue burn permits.