Burn ban in effect for Gwinnett County

Gwinnett County’s annual burn ban has begun.

Between May 1 and Sept. 30, county residents cannot conduct any open outdoor burning, Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services said.

“The Georgia Environmental Protection Division imposes a ban on outdoor open burning to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations,” said Capt. Tommy Rutledge in a press release. “During the summer months in Georgia, the ozone in the air we breathe can reach unhealthy levels.”

Outdoor open burning has been identified as a contributor of pollutants that form ozone and thus has been banned in metro Atlanta and other large counties during warm weather months.

But don’t worry, your summer barbecues are safe. The use of grills is still allowed in the county during the summer. Bonfires are also allowed, but the group holding the bonfire must get the proper permits first.

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