MILTON, Ga. -- The north Fulton County city of Milton has issued a citywide burn ban, effective immediately.
Fire Marshal Chad McGiboney said on Wednesday that the ban was issued because of the drought and the area’s reduced water levels.
"Severe drought conditions can create a dangerous situation where we may not be able to meet the water supply needs of the city," said McGiboney. "While our water levels have not yet reached that dire status, it is imperative that everyone takes the appropriate precautions to reduce or eliminate fire hazards and to conserve water wherever possible."
McGiboney said the ban will remain in effect until conditions improve. There are some exceptions to the ban:
- Training fires conducted under the direct control and supervision of qualified instructors at a training facility operated by a fire department or government entity.
- Fires for commercial outdoor cooking, and cooking for fairs and festivals. A water source capable of extinguishing the fire must be present, as well as an approved fire extinguisher.
- Liquid-fueled gas fire stoves, grills, or lanterns.