Georgia State EPD Enforces Annual Summer Burn Ban

Starting May 1, 2024, the Georgia State Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has initiated its yearly ban on outdoor burning in compliance with Federal Clean Air Regulations. This measure, known as the Burn Ban, will continue until September 30, 2024.

The EPD highlights the importance of this ban due to the potential health risks associated with high ozone levels during the summer months in Georgia. Open burning has been identified as a significant contributor to the pollutants that form ozone.

Under the Burn Ban, citizens and businesses are prohibited from burning yard and land-clearing debris. However, certain activities such as campfires and agricultural practices are exempt from the ban.

To ensure compliance, the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department mandates that individuals obtain a permit before conducting any burning during the permitted months, as outlined in the State Fire Prevention Code.