Outdoor burn ban in effect

Source: WGCL

A burn ban goes into effect May 1 all across the state Georgia and officials say the goal is to help clean the air.

According to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, the state’s ozone levels reached an all-time high during the summer months and outdoor burning only makes it worse.

As a result the Georgia Forestry Commission says they are restricting prescribed burn permits and advising people to avoid outdoor burning as they try to comply with the annual burn ban.

"Do not do any outdoor burning, any land clearing, or yard debris burning to help us manage your pollutants in Georgia," said Hannah Cowart with Georgia Forestry Commission.

Officials say the burn ban will prevent ozone levels from increasing which will help people breathe easier.

"Ground-level ozone does affect your lungs and it does have health effects that varies depending on how sensitive the group is but it's one of the six pollution that is tracked nationwide for health reasons, and ozone is the one we struggle with here in Georgia" said Dika Kuoh from the Environmental Protection Division Air Protection branch.

The burn ban is in effect for 54 counties in the state until September 30. The full list of the counties impacted can be found at https://epd.georgia.gov/air/summer-open-burning-ban.

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