Georgia burn ban ends, Bibb permit needed

lfabian@macon.comOctober 1, 2013 

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s seasonal burn ban is over, but permits are needed in Bibb County.

Every year from May 1 to Sept. 30, the EPD prevents outdoor burning due to health reasons.

More people are outdoors during the summer months when ozone and pollution levels typically are at their highest.

Macon-Bibb Fire Prevention Chief Larry Smallwood said Bibb residents still must call his office at 751-2700 to acquire permission to burn yard waste between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

“Burn piles must be 25 feet from buildings or other combustible structures, and burning must be over by dark,” Smallwood said. “Bonfires have to have a permit but can be held at night.”

Limbs larger than 4 inches in diameter require a controlled burn with a fire pit, he said.

More detailed instructions are given when permits are issued.

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