To comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources imposes a ban on outdoor burning from May 1 to October 1 each year. To receive a burn permit by phone, please call 1-877-OK2-BURN (1-877-652-2876).
OPEN BURNING BAN FACTS
What Types of Burning are Banned:
Why is the Ban Needed:
During the summer months in the metro Atlanta area, the ozone in the air we breath can reach unhealthy levels. Ozone is formed when volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides coming from man-made and natural sources react in the presence of sunlight. A major source of these pollutants is the burning of fuels and other combustible materials. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (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 must be restricted during the summer months.
Where and When Does the Ban Apply:
Beginning May 1 and continuing through October 1, the open burning ban covers 45 counties. The ban covers the original 13 counties that comprise the Atlanta Ozone Nonattainment Area and 32 additional counties surrounding the Ozone Nonattainment Area. Rockdale County is included in this area.
What Types of Open Fires are Allowed:
A few types of open fires are still allowed. These include:
What are the Alternatives?
The open burning ban will result in more solid waste. Alternatives, which result in the reuse or recycling of this waste, should be pursued where feasible. Some alternatives include:
Questions about available options for handling the solid waste can be directed to the Land Protection Branch at 404-362-2537.