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Georgia Imposes Summer Burn Ban in 54 Counties

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Starting today, 54 counties in Georgia are now under an annual summer burn ban, which will remain in effect until September 30. This ban, enforced by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), restricts the burning of yard and land-clearing debris but allows campfires and grilling. The ban aims to reduce air pollutants, especially ground-level ozone, which can cause chronic heart diseases and lung inflammation, particularly in children and people with asthma.

EPD officials emphasize that the ban is crucial for maintaining air quality, especially in urban areas like Atlanta, where ozone levels can become unhealthy during the summer. “Smoke from open burning includes small particles and gaseous air pollutants that can form ground-level ozone,” said James Boylan, EPD Air Protection Branch chief. For more information and to check if your county is affected, contact the local EPD District offices listed on the EPD website.