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State-issued Burn Ban Begins May 1st in Fulton County | Print |

Due to a burning ban by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, beginning May 1 and continuing through September 30, 2013, Fulton County residents will be prohibited from burning leaves, tree limbs, other yard waste or land clearing debris.

The Fulton County Fire Rescue Department is responsible for the enforcement of this state-issued burning ban in unincorporated Fulton County. Enforcement will include extinguishing all unauthorized outdoor fires and/or issuing citations.

Each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GDNP) issues a ban on open burning. Fulton and 54 other counties in Georgia are part of the ban. According to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), during the summer months in Atlanta, the ozone in the air can reaches unhealthy levels. EPD has identified open burning as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone. Therefore, open burning in metro Atlanta and the surrounding areas is restricted during this time.

As an alternative to burning, debris can be hauled to a commercial processing/grinding/composting operation or to an inert or construction and demolition landfill. For a list of landfills in your area, please call EPD’s Solid Waste Management Program at 404-362-2692.

For more information about the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department, please log-on to http://www.fultoncountyga.gov/fcfrd-home.   

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