Beginning today, no outdoor burning will be permitted in Oconee throughout the rest of spring, summer and early fall.
The ban, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, Air Protection Branch, is in place to be in compliance with Federal Clean Air Regulations.
The following counties are included with Oconee in the ban:
Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Columbia, Coweta, Crawford, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Lumpkin, Madison, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Putnam, Richmond, Rockdale, Spalding, Troup, Twiggs, Upson, Walker and Walton.
The ban will be lifted on October 1, 2012.
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