The annual statewide ban on open burning is under way.
The ban is issued by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and affects 54 counties in Georgia, including Paulding. The ban prohibits residents and businesses from burning yard and land-clearing debris; the rule is in addition to the year-round state ban on the burning of household garbage, according to Georgia DNR.
Why the Burn Ban is Needed
During the summer months in Georgia, the ozone in the air we breathe can reach unhealthy levels. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has identified open burning as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone. As a result, open burning must be restricted during the summer months.
The ban runs through Sept. 30.
For more information, contact the Georgia Environmental Protection Division's Mountain District Office, which covers Paulding County, at 770-387-4900.