Outdoor burn ban now in place throughout Gwinnett

Gwinnett is reminding residents that a ban on outdoor open burning is in place annually from May 1 through Sept. 30. (Courtesy Gwinnett County)

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Gwinnett is reminding residents that a ban on outdoor open burning is in place annually from May 1 through Sept. 30. (Courtesy Gwinnett County)

The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services is reminding residents that a ban on outdoor open burning is in place annually from May 1 through Sept. 30.

The ban prohibits the burning of yard and land clearing debris, including the use of air curtain destructors for land clearing.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division imposes restrictions on outdoor open burning to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations. During the summer months in Georgia, the ozone in the air we breathe can reach unhealthy levels. The EPD has identified outdoor open burning as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone.

Permits are required for fires for agricultural practices in areas zoned residential, for a Forestry Service prescribed burn, for all bonfires sponsored by educational, civic, religious, or other groups for the purpose of celebration, and for fires for the purpose of training of firefighters.

Additional information: www.gwinnettfiremarshal.com or the Community Risk Reduction Division at 678-518-4980 (select option-3).