Seasonal Ban on Outdoor Burning Ends Oct. 1

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The state's seasonal ban on outdoor burning came to an end when October arrived, but extreme dry weather still makes it hazardous to burn trash outdoors.

The annual outdoor ban in the state runs from May 1 to Sept. 30.

Ranger Larry Felix of the Georgia Forestry Commission says, "If people plan to burn, we encourage them to check the weather first. If humidity is low and winds are high, we encourage them not to burn."

The ban, instituted by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division in 2005, covers 54 counties, most of them near a metropolitan area.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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