The annual burn ban in north and Middle Georgia ends with September, so residents of Bibb, Houston, Peach, Jones, Monroe, Twiggs, Crawford, Upson, Jasper and Lamar counties may again obtain permits to burn hand-piled vegetation.
Severe drought conditions persist in most of the state, so permits will depend on the latest weather conditions and won’t be issued for days when fire risk is high.
Permits may be obtained from the Georgia Forestry Commission website, GaTrees.org, or by calling (877) OK-2-BURN.
Permits are good for the day they are issued only, and fires must be extinguished before dark, according to a forestry commission news release. Those who want to conduct large area or farm land burns should contact their local Georgia Forestry Commission office. It is illegal to burn garbage, tires, shingles, lumber or other man-made materials.
The burn ban will resume in May 2012.