Burn ban to lift Wednesday, but beware of dry conditions outside

27 09 2008

By Elizabeth Richardson | The Times-Herald

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s burn ban, effective every year beginning in May for 54 counties throughout the state — including Coweta County — officially lifts on Wednesday.

The ban is designed to reduce air pollution in the hot summer months during smog season when ground level ozone and particle pollution are more likely to reach unhealthy levels.

Terry Quigley, chief ranger at the Georgia Forestry Commission’s Coweta office, reminds the public that his office issues the necessary burn permits daily based on the fire danger for that day. And lately, the fire danger has been “running high,” according to Quigley, thanks to ongoing drought conditions.

The drought index is measured on a number scale from zero to 800. Recently, that number has been “hanging out in the high 600s.”

“It would take a lot of rain to bring it down,” said Quigley.

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