The summer burn ban issued for most of North Georgia by the state was lifted Monday as scheduled after being initiated on May 1 and affecting residents of Floyd, Polk, Bartow, Chattooga and surrounding counties.
While Georgians are able to burn outdoors again, Rome-Floyd Fire Chief Gordon Henderson advised that people must still get permission before starting.
“People still need to call like they normally should do and get a burn permit,” Henderson said.
Those inside the city limits of Rome can call the fire marshal’s office at 706-236-4510 while those who live in the county must call the Georgia Forestry Commission at 1-877-OK2-BURN (1-877-652-2876) or go online at www.gatrees.org.
Henderson said there were few problems concerning people obeying the burn ban this summer.
“Most people follow the burn ban, but there are always a few who don’t and we make sure to take care of those,” Henderson said. “They can forget about it or try to get by, but for the most part people do what they are told.”
This year’s burn ban affected 54 Georgia counties and is imposed annually by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Division.