UNDATED - The annual outdoor burn ban in 54 counties in Georgia will be lifted Tuesday.
Summer burning restrictions are imposed each year in parts of north and central Georgia because of air quality concerns and state and federal regulations.
The 54 counties whose burning restrictions will be lifted on October 1 are Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Columbia, Coweta, Crawford, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Lumpkin, Madison, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Putnam, Richmond, Rockdale, Spalding, Troup, Twiggs, Upson, Walker and Walton.
Rules governing outdoor burning differ from county-to-county but in Hall County, lifting of the ban means you still must have a permit from the fire department.
It involves a phone call to the fire marshal's office, where an automated system gives you the rules involving burning and issues you a permit number for that day only, according to Hall County Fire and Life Safety Educator Lt. Beverly Walker.
"Your burn pile has to be out by sunset, and certainly just burning those small things. It has to be 50 feet from any structure and property lines, and it has to be a competent adult," Walker said.
"It can only be that natural growth. You can't burn tires, newspapers, trash, anything like that," Walker added.
As far as tree limbs go, Walker said the limb diameter must be three inches or less. You also must have a water source handy to extinguish the fire. Walker said preferably a garden hose.
Just because the ban has lifted, doesn't mean burning will be allowed everyday. Walker said dry weather conditions, as well as low humidity can result in a temporary ban for any given day.
For more information about safe burning and burn permits, click on the link below.