If you’ve got leaves, limbs or other yard waste to burn, you’ll have to wait until October to burn it.
A ban on outdoor burning is in effect in 54 Georgia counties, primarily in the northern half of the state.
The ban includes Banks, Barrow, Jackson and Madison counties and is required by the state Environmental Protection Division to enhance air quality during the summer months when high ozone levels can negatively impact people’s health. Elevated ozone and particulate matter can contribute to watery eyes, breathing issues, and lung and heart disease.
The burn ban will be in effect May 1 through Sept. 30 and affects the following counties: 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.
For the full story, see the May 1 edition of The Commerce News.