The annual statewide ban on open burning begins May 1.
The ban is issued by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and affects the city of Marietta and 54 counties.
During the ban period, residents cannot burn leaves, tree limbs, forestland or use air curtain destructors for land clearing. Recreational fires are allowed, Marietta Fire assistant chief Scott Tucker said. "Residents can call the department, and we will walk them through the process."
Why the burn ban is needed
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) imposes a ban on outdoor burning to comply with federal clean air regulations. During the summer months in Georgia, the ozone in the air we breathe can reach unhealthy levels. The Georgia EPD has identified open burning as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone. As a result, open burning in metro Atlanta and larger counties must be restricted during the summer months.
The ban runs through Sept. 30.
More info: Georgia Environmental Protection Division at 404-363-7000 or Marietta Fire Marshal's Office at 770-794-5466