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DOUGLAS COUNTY EXTENDS OUTDOOR BURNING BAN INDEFINITELY BECAUSE OF HIGH FIRE DANGER


Douglasville, Georgia – The Douglas County Fire and EMS Department has extended the outdoor burning ban indefinitely due to severely dry conditions and high fire danger. "Due to the lack of rain and extended high temperatures it is in the best interest for the citizens of Douglas County to restrict outdoor burning until we receive a significant amount of rain fall," Deputy Fire Chief Scott Zachmeyer said.

Burn permits issued by the Georgia Forestry Commission are required for any outdoor burning in the state to help prevent wildfires and problems generated by smoke. In 54 counties, primarily in north Georgia, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division sets annual summer burning restrictions to reduce emissions from ground level ozone that may jeopardize air quality. Those restrictions were set to be lifted on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, but due to a lack of rain and record-breaking temperatures in the 80's and low 90's, Douglas County has extended the outdoor burning ban indefinitely.

Douglas County Fire and EMS follows guidance provided by the Georgia Forestry Commission, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the National Weather Service. For more information on burn permits in Douglas County, call the Douglas County Fire and EMS Department at 770-942-8626 or email firedept@co.douglas.ga.us.

For any news media inquiries, please contact Rick Martin, Director of Communications & Community Relations at 770-920-7303 or rickmartin@co.douglas.ga.us.





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