Countywide burn ban goes into effect May 1

Press Release

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A countywide, state-mandated ban on outdoor burning goes into effect
Saturday, May 1, and lasts through Sept. 30. The ban prohibits all outdoor burning including the
burning of leaves, yard debris and storm damage.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division imposes this annual ban on outdoor burning to
comply with federal clean air regulations and to help improve Georgia’s air quality during the hot
summer months, a time when people, particularly young children, are more likely to be outdoors. This outdoor activity also coincides with an increase in ground-level ozone, which is most commonly produced in the heat of the summer and can cause lung inflammation and other health issues, and particle pollution, which is created by open burning.

For more details regarding outdoor burning regulations, click here, follow the Forsyth County Fire
Department on Facebook or call the Forsyth County Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office at (678)
455-8072.

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