Burn ban is now in effect

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Fayette County residents are reminded that the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Open Burning Ban will be in effect May 1 through September 30.

Fayette County is part of 54 Metro-Atlanta and surrounding counties that are subject to the open burning ban during the summer months.

No outdoor burning will be allowed until the ban is lifted on Oct. 1, said Fayette County EMA Director Mike Singleton.

During the burn ban residents may use alternative methods for disposal for yard debris. The county has a designated area at the waste transfer facility on First Manassas Mile for the dumping of debris, for a fee. Residents may also contact the County Extension Office for information on other methods of disposal, Singleton said.

Singleton said residents should also note that the disposal of household garbage by burning is not allowed at any time during the year and this violation is strictly enforced.

“It is very important for all citizens in Fayette County to follow the burn ban rules and regulations for the health and safety of our citizens during these months,” said Fayette County Fire Chief Davis Scarbrough.

For more information about the ban and safe outdoor burning visit www.fayettecountyga.gov.