Tue., April 24, 2012 10:16am (EDT)

Burn Ban Takes Effect May 1
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
A statewide burn ban will  take effect May 1 in an effort aimed at improving Georgia's air quality. (photo courtesy Judy Baxter via flikr)
A statewide burn ban will take effect May 1 in an effort aimed at improving Georgia's air quality. (photo courtesy Judy Baxter via flikr)
A statewide burn ban will soon take effect in an effort aimed at improving Georgia's air quality.

The the ban begins May 1 and will continue through Sept. 31.

Authorities say ozone can reach harmful levels during the summer months. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division implements a complete ban on outdoor burning during the summer to limit ground-level ozone.