New Georgia burn law going into effect for some counties

WALKER COUNTY, Ga (WDEF) – The state of Georgia has made some new changes to their previous burn laws.

The new burn law states that residents will no longer be required to contact Georgia Forestry to obtain a burn permit before burning small piles of vegetation. 

The new law goes into effect on July 1st for some areas but Walker County will wait until October 1st  for the law to be implemented due to the summer burn ban that’s currently in place.

 “The dangers of burning right now really deal with the amount of materials that you are putting into the air. It makes the air a lot harder for individuals to breathe. The reason for the summer burn ban deals with the Ozone levels and trying to decrease that because of our terrain, the mountains and the traffic that we have in Northwest Georgia,” says Joe Legge, Communications for Walker County. 

Officials want to remind residents that under no circumstances are you allowed to burn man made materials. You can only burn natural vegetation. 

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