Dalton under summer burn ban; some outdoor burning in the rest of the county allowed with a permit

Matt Hamilton/Daily Citizen-News

The city of Dalton is under an outdoor burn ban until Sept. 30.

The Dalton Fire Department has placed the city on an outdoor burn ban through Sept. 30.

"Cooking on grills and fire pits is still allowed," said Fire Chief Todd Pangle. "But burning of leaves and vegetation is not."

Officials say they have noticed atmospheric conditions making it difficult for smoke to dissipate, and burning material hurts air quality.

The Georgia Forestry Commission has much of north Georgia under a burn ban until Sept. 30 because of the impact burning would have on air quality, and Pangle said the Fire Department decided to follow the Forestry Commission's rules.

Whitfield County is not under the Forestry Commission's burn ban.

"I don't really know how they decide that," said Whitfield County Fire Chief Edward O'Brien. "Walker, Gordon, Catoosa (counties) are all under the ban, so I don't know why their air would be affected but not ours."

Those who live outside the city of Dalton can burn vegetation, but not trash, but they must obtain a permit from the Georgia Forestry Commission online at www.gfc.state.ga.us.

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