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Friday August 26th, 2016 7:24PM

Burn ban may be hindered by wet weather

By Alyson Shields Reporter
GAINESVILLE - A burn ban that is scheduled to go into effect May 1 could be complicated by rainy weather.

According to Fire Marshal Scott Cagle, wet weather forecasted for next week.

"We saw that it's a good possibility that it's going to rain Tuesday and Wednesday," said Cagle. "So it's very possible that the last days to burn are going to be Saturday, Sunday and Monday."

Cagle said many people were trying to get burn permits before the ban. Residents who want to burn leaves and tree limbs can call 770-536-2442 to get a residential burn permit this weekend .

Contractors and people who want to clear land, Cagle said, have to wait until Monday.

The burn ban is statewide, and ends in early October. "It goes through September," said Cagle. "Once it goes into effect May 1, the first day to be able to burn again is not going to be until October 1."
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