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Seasonal 'burn ban' begins Friday in Milton, elsewhere in Georgia

A seasonal "burn ban" across much of Georgia goes into effect on Friday, May 1 -- including the city of Milton.

The State's Environmental Protection Division issues the prohibition on open burning to help curb fires fueled by dry conditions and improve overall air quality. The ban covers 54 Georgia counties -- including Fulton County, which includes Milton -- and extends through September 30.

"It's important that Milton residents know how the 'burn ban' works and adhere to it," Milton Fire Marshal Alex Fortner said. "Our ability to do that can keep our air cleaner and prevent unwarranted and dangerous fires."

Specific to Milton, burning in non-agricultural areas - in other words, plots that aren't agriculturally zoned -- is always prohibited. So is burning treated wood, garbage, construction debris, and other non-vegetative items. The only exceptions are small fires for the immediate consumption of food and small campfires. This is true year-round.

In agricultural areas (i.e. zoned AG1), after May 1:

  • Open burning is allowed for production or harvesting crops on lots 5 acres or less.
  • For larger tracts (more than 5 acres), open burning is allowed for existing, expanded, or new agricultural operations.
These two exemptions, however, may be rescinded if there is a high fire danger rating on any given day. The Milton Fire-Rescue Department has the authority to prohibit and extinguish any unsafe fire in the city.
 
If you have questions or concerns on open burning, contact the Fire Department by calling 678-242-2541 or emailing fire.marshal@cityofmiltonga.us.