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BURN BAN  |   May 1 to September 30

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Burn Ban Begins May 1

Updated: Apr 25

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BRASELTON, Ga. (Apr. 1, 2024) — From May 1 to September 30, the State of Georgia issues an annual burn ban for outdoor burning, which includes (but is not limited to) trees, limbs and other yard waste. This ban includes the West Jackson Fire District.

The Open Burning Ban prohibits citizens and businesses from burning yard and land-clearing debris. This rule is in addition to the year-round state ban on the burning of household garbage.

Do not burn yard debris, leaf piles, garbage (never allowed). OK to burn campfires, grills and barbeques, portable outdoor heaters.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has identified open burning as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone. Therefore, open burning in metro Atlanta and the surrounding areas must be restricted during the summer months. Beginning May 1 and ending September 30, EPD’s Open Burning Ban will be enforced in 54 Georgia counties including Jackson County.

For further information please contact your local Georgia Environmental Protection Division Northeast District Office 706-792-7744 or visit More information about permitted burning activities can be found at Georgia Forestry Commission's website,

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