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BREAKING NEWS: Burn Permits Not Going to Be Issued Due to Severe Drought Conditions

ZEBULON - The EPD’s Summer Burning Restrictions are scheduled to end on September 30. However, due to the severe drought conditions, current weather forecast and current fire activity the Georgia Forestry Commission will not be issuing permits in Clayton, Lamar, Pike, Spalding and Upson counties October 1st.

Fire activity has increased during the month of September. Not only has the number of wildfires increased but the acreage burned has increased. The Georgia Forestry Commission recognizes the importance of and promotes prescribed burning for the many wildfire prevention, forest management and agriculture benefits it provides. However, right now we're asking everyone to be extremely vigilant when doing any open burning and to wait for better conditions for burning yard debris.

The conditions will be monitored closely in each county and as soon as conditions improve we will begin issuing permits.

“This has to be the driest conditions that I have seen at this time of the year” states Chief Ranger Jeff Kenerly. “We have had the drought index hit 750 before in Lamar County but at this time the KBDI is over 700 for all five of our units counties.” The Keetch-Byrom Drough index is a measurement of available moisture in the soil. The KBDI scale runs from 0 to 800.

If you have any questions please call your local office for Clayton, Lamar, Pike, Spalding and Upson counties at (770)227-5522 or (706)646-6011 You can check on the burning conditions at the GFC web site at www.gatrees.org.

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Submitted 9.27.19