Outdoor burning allowed in Gwinnett starting Oct. 1


Outdoor burning allowed in Gwinnett starting Oct. 1

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You can have a bonfire as of Oct. 1, but you need a permit from Gwinnett County.

Gwinnett County’s burn ban is up on Oct. 1, meaning you can have small, controlled fires on your property to warm you up or clear some brush this fall.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Environmental Protection Division restricts open burning in metro Atlanta between May 1 and Sept. 30 each year in order to comply with federal air quality regulations. 

Gwinnett County residents can burn leaves, tree limbs and other vegetation in their yard. Fires for warmth or cooking are also allowed, as are recreational fires in appropriate chimineas or outdoor fireplaces. 

Permits must be obtained if Gwinnett County residents want to set “land clearing pit fires” or bonfires, Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services said. Solid waste, household garbage, petroleum-based products and other items that “emit a heavy dark smoke” can never be burned.

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