Many of you may have piles of yard debris that have grown in size in the past several months. As in many cases, people are anxious to apply for a burn permit from the Georgia Forestry Commission to dispense with these unwanted piles. Our area has been under a summer burn ban which was established by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. This ban is designed to reduce emissions that may have an impact on the air quality. September 30th signified the lifting of this burn ban for our area.
Although the summer burn ban has been lifted, the recent drought that our area has been experiencing has increased the risk of wildfire from outdoor burning. The extremely dry conditions make outdoor burning a very risky proposition, and small debris burns are the number one cause of wildfires in Georgia. The Georgia Forestry Commission monitors conditions daily for each county in the State. The approval of burn permits may be affected if conditions prove to be unfavorable. Please contact your local Georgia Forestry Commission office or visit www.Gatrees.org for permitting questions and current conditions for burning in your area.