The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has issued its annual ban on open burning in more than 50 Georgia counties. Effective May 1 – September 30, no outdoor burning of yard waste is allowed.
According to the Department of Natural Resources, during the hot Georgia summers, the ozone often reaches unhealthy levels. The EPD has identified open burning as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone.
“We do help enforce this ban in Gordon County,” said Deputy Chief Byron Sutton. “This ban is in force to protect the air that we breathe. For most of us, this doesn’t seem like a big deal, but for those in our county who suffer from respiratory ailments it is a big deal.”