Burn ban gets lifted after rain

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

COVINGTON -- The statewide outdoor burn ban has been lifted following the rain of the past few days, according to the Georgia Forestry Commission.

"With all the rain we got the burn ban has been lifted and we will start issuing permits when the weather allows," said GFC Chief Ranger Mike Sapp, in charge of the District 4 office that covers DeKalb, Henry, Newton and Rockdale counties.

Sapp said extremely dry conditions as well as Forestry personnel being deployed to a rash of wildfires in South Georgia led to the ban being imposed.

South Georgia did not see as much rain as the metro Atlanta area saw over the weekend and fires are continuing.

"They did get a little rain and that's helping out a little bit," said District 4 Ranger Greg Waters Monday afternoon.

Fires are being fought in the following counties: Bacon, Coffee, Clinch, Camden, McIntosh and Long.

The GFC cautions motorists traveling in South Georgia that the area is extremely smoky and extreme caution should be used due to limited visibility.

Burn permits are necessary before any outdoor burning. To ascertain when it is safe to burn again, call 877-652-2876 or go to the GFC website at www.gatrees.org.

The seasonal burn ban for metro Atlanta will be in effect May 1 through Sept. 30.