The statewide ban on outdoor burning ends Monday, just in time for falling leaves.
But just because outdoor burning is allowed, that doesn’t necessarily make it safe, officials say.
Recent rains lessened, but didn’t eliminate, the area’s drought conditions, George Forestry Commission Chief Ranger Larry Felix said.
“It’s not as severe, but we are still below average for rainfall,” said Felix, who oversees the Columbia and Richmond County forestry units. “We want everyone to be safe when they do burn.”